Ben Stein is a guy who’s articles I like to read, especially when it comes to tough issues. Agree or disagree, Stein is always thoughtful. Often, Stein sees things everyone else misses, especially the things that are right there in front of us.
He recently did a piece on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which he kept coming back to the same conclusion: “God help us.”
Perfect response to Sandy Hook in my opinion.
There are plenty of things to understand as to why God didn’t stop bullets in mid-air at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012, which are the same things to understand in regards to genocide in 1940 by Hitler, or the Turks in 1915, or Khmer Rouge in the 70’s, or the 10 people gunned down in Chicago the other day, et al….
One of the most basic is simply that God commanded mankind not to murder, but people ignore God, then often blame God for letting them ignore him. We haven’t changed much. Instead of recognizing our failure as human beings in an instance like Sandy Hook, another in a long line, we’re looking for someone else to blame like we have since the beginning. See Genesis 3.
But let’s think it through… IF there is a God who commanded us not to murder, as the Scripture says there is, and IF we have also proven incapable of keeping ourselves and our society from killing the most innocent among us, then it would follow that at some point our logical response would be: God help us! Obviously it appears at times like this, our entire society could use some help. And on a deeper level, I wonder if this must be a big part of the reason why God doesn’t put an end to us already, but instead allows us to fail for a time. Thus, he allows us to suffer the consequences of our own failures, and to arrive at moments like this one when we desperately reach out to him. Romans 11:32 said as much. And as He has proven time and again, anyone who reaches out to Him for help-finds grace.
Is it such a crazy idea? When it comes to the national issues, the thorny political questions, even here it has become obvious that we could use God’s wisdom and help. The status quo is unacceptable. Christian politicians and leaders, believers in God in general, could fall to their knees and ask for that wisdom and guidance. We could let God guide us as we rethink our rules and laws, and look for sensible and fair policies that could limit such tragedies. Or at the very least, God could help us understand and cope, and show us the areas where we could focus our national and local efforts, and do the most good. Even more importantly, we could be more bold about the existence of God and the importance of becoming a nation that does not ignore Him. This is a debate worth having.
After all, He commanded us not to murder each other, and at the moment, we’re not doing so well. What happens when we have to answer to Him for the way we have handled ourselves?