Where is God during these public shootings?
By GARY ANDREWS
In light of all the tragedies from shootings in our schools and other public forums, we have many people asking why this is going on. When did this begin? Why are we having such abnormal behavior?
Being a senior citizen and reminiscing from my past I can’t remember this type of behavior going through our neighborhoods. I saw something that interested me on a facebook post that said, “Dear God, Why do you allow so much violence in our schools? Signed, A Concerned Student.” God’s answer went like this, “Dear Concerned Student, I’m not allowed in schools. God.”
When I was in school we had devotionals and Bible readings every morning. No one every complained and the ones that didn’t want to participate or listen to them, didn’t have to. Now that we had one person stand up and speak up against prayer and Bible reading in school our government officials decided it was unfair for her children to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ and the sweet harmony and peace that only He can provide for each of us. Ultimately the United States Supreme Court agreed with her and penalized everyone else.
Former Arkansas Governor and Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has repeatedly stated that taking prayer out of school has hurt our education system. I totally agree with him.
Mr. Huckabee has taken untold criticism about his statements because of the way the world has changed and all of the agnostics and atheists speak up. He has been challenged by people saying where is your God and why would He allow all of this to happen. Incidentally the national media give more attention to the naysayers and their ideas than to a Christian point of view. These media outlets and all of the political pundits rely on the national government as the savior of the world and not realize that someday this world will perish. Proverbs 14:12 tells us, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”
Studying God’s Word and staying in His will is the only way we are once again going to be one nation under God. Until this happens I believe we can expect these horrible tragedies to continue. It is a shame that the people that criticize the views of Governor Huckabee really don’t understand his point of view.
Prayer: Holy God I call on you to heal this land and this people again. I pray that all of us will understand that you are the one and only true God and that you are ultimately in control. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday – Isaiah 53:4-6; Monday – Hebrews 6:4-8; Tuesday – Ezekiel 33:10-20; Wednesday – Revelation 3:14-22; Thursday – Joshua 23:9-16; Friday – Titus 3:1-5; Saturday – Habakkuk 1:5-11.)
Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website www.gadevotionals.com.