Over the past two days I’ve been processing the same news the entire nation has been processing. The shootings in Connecticut were horrific and devastating and I know we are all left asking many of the same questions. If you’re looking for Christ-centered ways to process this tragedy, I’d love to point you to some great articles.
- The Gospel Coalition featured this article by Jen Wilkin.“I choose to hate sin. On days like today I will reflect again on the ravaging effects of rebellion against God, multiplied across millennia, manifested in a freshly printed headline. The more shocking the headline, the more I must come to grips with my minimized reckoning of the severity of sin. With Nehemiah I will cry out, “I and my fathers have sinned,” freshly grieved over the sins of others—yes—but freshly grieved over my own sin as well. I have not pulled a trigger, but I have harmed my share of victims. The killer lies dead, but I live on to harm again. On days like today I will renew my resolve not to participate in tearing down what God pronounced good at the dawn of human existence. I cannot stop a murderer, but by the grace of God I can stop sinning against those he has given into my care…Today is a day for hatred. Today is a day for the weight of our sin to be felt in full force. May our hearts break under the blow. May they be shattered to dust.”
- Scotty Smith blogs a prayer of reflection, asking “How long, O, Lord? How long before you return to eradicate all evil, redeem all tragedies, and make all things new? Some stories are just too much for us to absorb; some evil just too great to conceive; some losses beyond all measurability. We need your tears and your strength tonight. That you wept outside the tomb of a beloved friend frees us to groan and mourn; that you conquered his death with yours, frees us to hope and wait.”
- John Piper offers this reflection on the Desiring God blog: “Mass murder is why Jesus came into the world the way he did. What kind of Savior do we need when our hearts are shredded by brutal loss? We need a suffering Savior. We need a Savior who has tasted the cup of horror we are being forced to drink…The God who draws near to Newtown is the suffering, sympathetic God-man, Jesus Christ. No one else can feel what he has felt. No one else can love like he can love. No one else can heal like he can heal. No one else can save like he can save.”
- And then also, this by John Piper:“…the murders of Newtown are a warning to me — and you. Not a warning to see our schools as defenseless, but to see our souls as depraved. To see our need for a Savior. To humble ourselves in repentance for the God-diminishing bitterness of our hearts. To turn to Christ in desperate need, and to treasure his forgiveness, his transforming, and his friendship.”
- Stephen Altrogge writes on his blog, The Blazing Center: “God is grieved over what happened yesterday. He is angry. His fury burns toward wickedness, and his heart breaks for those who lost loves ones. He is not a stoic, unemotional God. He grieves for the children that were killed, and for the parents who lost their children. And be assured, he will bring full justice upon the killer. He will repay Adam Lanza for every life he took. There will be no injustice, no getting off on a technicality, no hung jury. Our God is just, and he will bring justice to the man who took so many lives.”
- Dr. Russell Moore offers perhaps my favorite commentary:“Let’s not offer pat, easy answers to the grieving parents and communities in Connecticut. We don’t fully understand the mystery of iniquity. We don’t know why God didn’t stop this from happening. But we do know what this act is: it’s satanic, and we should say so….Let’s grieve for the innocent. Let’s demand justice for the guilty. And let’s rage against the Reptile behind it all….As we do so, let’s remember that Bethlehem was an act of war. Let’s remember that the One born there is a prince of peace who will crush the skull of the ancient murderer of Eden. Let’s pray for the Second Coming of Mary’s son. And, as we sing our Christmas carols, let’s look into the slitted eyes of Satan as we promise him the threat of his coming crushed skull.”