The horrific mass shooting of school children in Connecticut last week was beyond shocking. It shook us to the very core to even hear about such a thing. We don’t have cable television in our home, so I’m thankful that I don’t have to endure the raw emotions and sensationalism that goes with the typical media coverage of these unfortunate events. Suffice to say, it’s a good thing that I waited a few days to even write about this. Emotion is certainly natural and expected. It has its place. However, it’s a good thing to wait until our emotions simmer down before we say or do anything in response.
Once again, we see all the wrong ways to respond to evil in society. People want to blame inanimate objects and demand quick action from Almighty Government. Others mistakenly assume that the solution to the problem is using the same power of Almighty Government to force unregenerate children in public schools to recite prayers in what becomes a mere exercise in “civil religion.” Still others clamor that this same authority must now extend its reach even further in order to combat mental health concerns. What’s avoided by almost everyone is a focus upon the human heart and a true sense of anthropology. Instead, it’s all about the externals when what we have in a very internal problem.
Some well-meaning Christians want to immediately jump the rhetorical gun by making connections to abortion. Few responses I’ve seen emphasize the simple needs of prayer for the victims’ families, those victims who are still alive, and for God to use this tragedy as a means to spread His life-giving Gospel. That’s what needs to be said right now. Doug Wilson provides us with an excellent example of what to say and how to say it. We can debate the other stuff later. There will always be time for that. In the meantime, let us pray for the wounded and the grieving.