Evil in an Unexpected Place

MC900128690Americans have been shaken to our core by the unfathomable act of evil in Newtown, Connecticut. I can’t comprehend the agony of the parents and loved ones of those who lost their lives. It’s painful to even think about. Millions of people are actively praying for those left behind.

As a result of this tragedy, people have poignant questions: How could this happen? Is there a sickness at work in our society that produces such events? What was the killer’s motive? Has the cult of celebrity reached toxic levels, especially for our young people? Is the news media partly to blame? Should we crack down on certain types of guns? Should some teachers be armed? What is the state of security measures throughout our nation’s schools? Do we need better mental health options for unbalanced people? How can a loving God allow such things to happen? What can I do to help prevent these things from happening? Is there such a thing as evil in the world that drives some people to horrible deeds?

I’d like to address that last question. Ever since the age of enlightenment began, it seems like the concept of good and evil, at least in America, has gradually eroded. As a result, I wonder if the existence of evil is viewed as mere superstition by a growing number of people who believe there must always be a scientifically identifiable causation for such horrific events as we saw in Connecticut, even if we don’t know what it is right now. Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating a return to the Dark Ages. Science has shown that some aberrant behaviors can indeed have a variety of origins such as heredity, chemical imbalance in the brain, substance abuse and the environment. Still, scientists would agree that it can be dangerous to seek solutions when we don’t understand the problem.

The trend of the population in America has been away from any identification with formal religion. As a result, I fear there is a growing population of persons who enter adulthood without any concept that there is a moral God who cares how we live and there are eternal consequences for the things we do and don’t do in this life. In other words, God is not aloof and disinterested in how we choose to live. Without that most basic understanding of humanity’s relationship with God, I wonder if a culture can long survive.

I don’t have any absolute answers as to why the murders in Connecticut happened. I’m just fearful that what we saw in the killer’s actions indicates a deteriorating connection with God in our culture. Without that connection to God, it is easier for evil to slip in and take root.

Psalm 14:1 is chilling:

Only fools say in their hearts,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and their actions are evil;
not one of them does good!

If we want to help reduce the number of tragedies like we saw in Connecticut, we must start by raising our children to love and fear God. We must teach them the truth—that every person is accountable to God. Without that basic foundation . . . well, what is there to hold evil at bay in the human heart? Will human laws stop it? Human laws didn’t stop the killer in Connecticut.

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Posted on December 18, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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