The Trigger Finger of God

December 17th, 2012

A follow-up to God’s Wrath in Chile and Gone But Never to be Forgotten.

 

“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which to look out Christ’s compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good; Yours are the hands with which he is to bless men now.” – Saint Teresa of Avila
 
“Don’t blame me. I gave you free will.” – God (paraphrased)

 

The Lord does not work in mysterious ways.

We’re not just tiny pieces in some game that He plays.

 

His hand did not bring about the tragedy at Sandy Hook,

Nor did it happen because He those children forsook.

 

As shots rang out and the victims ran, or cried, or hid,

God’s hand didn’t hold that rife, our hands did.

 

We’ve done nothing for years as the death toll grew bigger.

Our fingers pulled that trigger.

 

On that horrible day, what did God do?

Probably the same thing as me and you.

 

As those children died,

God cried.

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Here are three pastors 12/17/12 on Tamron Hall and The Cycle. I don’t agree with any of them completely, and that’s in spite of being a practicing Christian and Preacher’s Kid. I disagreed particularly strongly with the last guy (Pastor Newton). I’m don’t personally know for a fact that there is a God (I hope there is) or a Heaven (ditto), and I don’t know whether God all powerful. But I feel pretty sure that God didn’t cause the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut for some good reason that we’re just not smart enough to understand. I also recoil from the idea that our lives a pre-destined, controlled by forces beyond our control. Genesis says that God gave us free choice, but what would free choice be if we did not have to bear the consequences for our choices. Americans are blessed to live in a democracy. We chose our policies, ultimately. Powerful special interests like the NRA can thwart public opinion in the short term, but they can only retain that power if we allow them to. The massacre in Newtown, and the dozen other mass shootings that took place this year are not just the gunman’s fault, and not just the NRA’s fault. Every one of us is responsible for every one of those deaths. But together, we have the power to change that, maybe not to eliminate such evil entirely, but at least to significantly reduce it.

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Update late 12/17/12: Here’s Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim echoing this same sentiment: “This is our fault. This is my fault and your fault. All of your faults if we don’t get out and do something about this.’’

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