Here’s a twist in most posts that have been written about the Connecticut shooting..
Ya know, it’s easy to have a sense of anger towards the shooter from the Connecticut shooting that happened recently, but, has this crossed your mind? He was a human being just like each of you reading this. As a Christian, I know that each of us are sinners, and that there isn’t a certain weight for each of our sins. If I had to count how many times each of us sinned daily, I would run out of fingers, and sometimes toes. In Exodus 20, there is a list of the ten Commandments. In verse 13, it says “You shall not murder.” Yes, that is what the shooter has done, murdered 20+ times in just several minutes. But, do you know what the other verses in the 20th chapter of Exodus say? That we should have no other gods before the one true God. That we should not have any idols. That you should not use the Lord’s name in vain. That we should keep the Sabbath day holy, meaning to have a day to rest in the Lord’s presence. That we should honor our mother and our father. That we should not commit adultery. That we should not steal. And so on and so on.. How many times a day do we forget who our God is, and worship silly things like how we look, how fast our car goes, our sports teams, etc. For a lot of us, we take too much of our focus to focus on other things and not the Lord, including myself. Even certain relationships can hinder that and become idolistic. How many of us use the Lord’s name in vain? I know some of us slip up and say GD when they’re angry.. Nothing is more unattractive, in my opinion. I may throw a cuss word around here and there, but that one is out of my vocabulary. The one that really hits home is honoring our mother and our father. It is so easy to slip and disrespect our parents- I’m pretty sure I do that daily. Right mom? And those of you that disrespect your spouse or girlfriend/boyfriend by cheating on them? You’re not getting by without being a suspect either.
I’m certainly guilty of some of these things, and surely I’m not the only one. This man was guilty of a murder, and that goes hand in hand with what each of us do daily: Sin. We are quick to judge the shooter, but we are guilty of sin as well. That’s not okay, folks. He’s simply human like the rest of us. We all sin. We should all hate the sin, but most definitely not the sinner.
The Lord is forgiving, in all circumstances, if you ask for His forgiveness. He’s there with open arms extended towards each of us. I don’t know what the shooter’s relationship with our God was like. But I do know that we are in no place to judge the shooter because of his actions. We are in no place of doing so. We don’t know the shooter’s history, and we don’t know his heart. I’ll say the cliche thing, “Only God can judge.”
Another thought that has come to mind over the past few days.. Most of us have that “BC” history. That before Christ history. That before Christ got ahold of my life, I did this and this history. Am I right? Here’s where my “another thought” comes in to play: What if that shooter hadn’t experienced that? What if He had never been told about the Lord? What if growing up, He had never been shown the Lord’s love? That’s a hard thing to think about, since all most of us can think about is “He killed this many innocent children and adults” or “What an awful man, with no heart” but really, if He had never been told about the Lord, how do you think he knows how to love? He doesn’t know what true love is. He may have had some incidents growing up that lead to bitterness, depression, lonliness, etc. People without the Lord don’t know how to love. God is love, and through Him we love others properly. What if he just didn’t know how to love? That makes me have a little lump in my throat. People I pass daily are living without Christ’s hand on their lives, and without His love in their lives. They could easily do something as crazy as that man did last week if they are walking without the Lord. They don’t have that conscience like Christians do. People without Christ in their hearts don’t think eternal. We have the opportunity to share the love of Christ with others. Who knows, maybe if we shared a little of Christ’s love more often, we could change the world.
I hope I don’t come across as heartless for, in a way, standing up for this man. What he did? WRONG on so many levels. My heart breaks for each of the children involved, and for the many teachers and administrative staff. But before we have any hatred or anger in our hearts for the shooter, in my opinion, we should take a step back and exaimine our selves. Dont’cha think?
Then he adds: “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more.”
The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him.
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Until next time, keep those affected by the shooting in your hearts and prayers. I couldn’t imagine going through something as tragic as what they’ve all been through. I pray the Lord will wrap His arms around the broken hearted. And as we mourn and weep for these affected, remember: everything happens for a reason, even if we don’t understand the reason.