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Slaughter In Sandy Hook
The Conquest Of Innocence
A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be consoled, because they are no more—Matthew 2:18
We live in a world that continues to echo the loss and loud mourning from the small town of Bethlehem—a world where mothers wail and refuse to be consoled because their children are no more. A small town in Connecticut wasn’t spared either as shots rang out in Sandy Hook Elementary School. The breaking news went viral, the whole nation went into shock, and the president openly wept for 20 innocent children who were ruthlessly gunned down.
How does one console the inconsolable? What can one possibly do to comfort the parents whose young ones have been violently torn from their lives? Where is hope when people come to realize that this isn’t just a problem of guns or mental health? We have heard it said before, “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” And people plagued with mental health or emotional problems don’t necessarily kill each other. And believe me, as the tireless debate over the cause of such heinous crimes continue and the blame game begins all over again, we won’t hear the last of it. Why? Because sadly, when we least expect it ... it will happen again.
This is why our hearts sank when shots shattered the momentary silence from the school’s classrooms in broad daylight. Six months prior, a familiar volley of gunfire pierced the darkness of a Colorado theater. Night and day the number of helpless victims pile up. Just when we thought there was a standing ceasefire to such horrific events, another heartless mass murderer locks and loads his weapons. Really? It was wishful thinking after all. It was only a matter of time. And though some are still in denial ... welcome to the new normal.
Somehow our world got smaller and more bent out of shape. If the killing of kids could happen in Egypt during Moses’ day, in Bethlehem on Herod’s watch or in Auschwitz under Hitler’s orders, it could happen anywhere ... even in small town USA. The game of Russian roulette is especially merciless when the trigger is pulled so close to home.
As we wallow in the stench of death, we are overwhelmed with the loss of innocent lives. The question is ... is God innocent in all this serial melee? It is a mystery why God allows the innocent to suffer. We hate to admit it, for fear of tarnishing His good name, but He does.
God, above all else, knows about innocence. In fact, He sent His one and only innocent Son into the world that He might rescue some—that He might save the guilty sinners. And when the Son’s innocent blood was shed on the cross, God did nothing. No terrifying thunderbolts. No hellfire and brimstone. And no to the more than twelve legions of angels. God did not go ballistic over the unjust murder of His beloved Son along with the wholesale slaughter of human life at the hands of violent men. He had good reason reacting the way He did in the midst of the madness. Without the shedding of innocent blood, there is no forgiveness of sin.
The tireless debate and blame game grounded to a halt at the foot of the cross. For it will only be a matter of time when “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them ... The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den ” (Isaiah 11:6, 8). At long last, innocence conquers sin and death. As Christ continues to comfort a wailing world He ushers in a kingdom of lasting peace belonging to the little children.
© 2012 Gicky Soriano. All Rights Reserved.