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A Few Thoughts About the Recent Violence

My heart is broken for all of the precious children and the school faculty who were killed in the senseless violence in Connecticut last week.

Like everyone else, I can not wrap my mind around why. Why would anyone do such a thing?

To babies. They were barely more than babies.

I don’t know. I have no answers. None. Only prayers and tears.

And a few thoughts because I can’t stop thinking about it.

What are we to do?

Be light.

It is a dark, dark world. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Do good in the name of Jesus.

Be light.

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  1. I haven’t read a post that puts it better than this. Spot on, Connie. Spot on.

  2. Thank you! I hear people blaming media and video games and I think “Really? There were no crazy people or murders before those came about?” It’s evil, nothing but.

  3. Viki Watson says:

    EXACTLY!!¡

  4. These are almost the exact thoughts I posted to my Facebook on Friday evening. The shootings were not about public school or negligent parents, or tv or video games. It was evil, pure and simple. But Connie, folks don’t want to discuss evil. They only want to find a good spot to place blame. It’s much easier that way.

  5. Maybe those things don’t *cause* shootings but they sure don’t help. They seem to exacerbate an already existing problem. Good points overall! Thanks.

    • I’m thinking particularly if the media’s glamorizing of crime. We certainly don’t need to do things that give the Enemy a foothold. Yes, Evil will always exist in this fallen world and we must do all we can to squelch it’s advance. Like you say, be light.

  6. My thoughts exactly. Thanks for this post! There will always be evil in this world (1 Peter 5:8), but I hope more people can find the Lord’s truth before His return. We have to pray for his protection, and we have to keep shining for Him!! To live is Christ and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).

  7. Well said Connie!

  8. Like Dawn mentioned, many don’t want to acknowledge the heart of evil. We, being made in God’s image, have an inherent idea of justice and want to see it played out. Our human side wants to put the blame on someone, something, anything tangible because someone has to pay for the wrongs committed. Unfortunately, evil is an intangible. We know of it, we have witnessed it, sometimes we feel it. But you can’t take evil to court, you can’t sentence evil to life in prison or give it the death sentence and evil cannot apologize to the families for what it has done. So now, in an effort to garner control of a situation that we are really have no control over, we must point the finger. :(

  9. You hit the nail on the head!

  10. I do have to say that having his mother die at a young age, and then watching his step-mother burn to death – plus making it worse instead of helping her, would be quite enough to cause attachment issues in this man. Attachment issues lead to not having a conscience at all, which I see from the dog killing and beating the horse to death. One big indicator of attachment issues is animal cruelty. Using explosives was the extreme of extreme back then. That was what he had at his disposal. Had he had video games to teach him how to go about hunting down and shooting people, and military weapons at his disposal, I imagine he’d have gone that route as well as it would’ve been much easier.
    In all of my years of doing foster care, and with my own 2 boys, I see how people can turn into monsters because of the things that have, or have not, happened in their lives. I’m sure the man who killed all of those kids the other day had been tormented his entire life because of his Aspergers. Kids are cruel, and living that day in and day out for your entire life can make a person have some major mental health issues. When you don’t value your life, or anyone elses, it’s easy to do what he did. He had the training through video games, just like the simulators the military uses, and the access to the weapons. Heck, they even buy the clothes and play the part of their video game killers.
    I have 2 adopted sons with attachment disorders. One torments people to no end, in order to control everything. The other dreams of burning people and shooting their legs off. He also isn’t allowed around our dogs because he beats them. They both can lie like nobody’s business, need cameras and motion sensors because they like to sneak around the house and look for weapons at night, and have no cares about how they affect other people. They are 9 and 6! Read up on RAD (Reactive Attachment Disorder) sometime. It’s unreal how it can destroy a person and family.
    I personally don’t think anyone needs military style weapons any more than they need granades and tanks. The average person is fine with them, but in the wrong hands they can be used in such horrible ways. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people, but big guns kill LOTS of people!

  11. The person I was referring to in the beginning of my comment was the one who had killed 38 school children back in 1927. Sorry, I should have been more clean about that.

  12. diana mack says:

    i didn’t see this heart wrenching act as evil; i saw it as someone who was very ill. it is interesting that in this latest incident of shootings no one has yet to blame the parents or the killer himself of evil. (not that i have read anyways) it has been sympathy expressed for all.
    when i think of evil i think of the manson killers, the columbine killers…..this whole case just strikes me as sadness all around. a child with some form of mental difficulties and parents who seemed to have done everything they could. the only part i have trouble understanding is why guns were allowed in this home, or why the killer was taught to shoot. if some form of mental difficulty was present it just doesn’t seem like a good choice.
    i don’t mean to offend or dismiss your views….i just wondered if anyone else thought this?

  13. diana mack, what is evil? J.P Moreland said “Evil is a lack of goodness”. It is evil to shoot innocent children. So we are left debating the source of that evil. Is it an illness, that could be cured by doctors? A possession that could be cured by the Vatican? (I’m not joking, sometimes I wonder…) An epigenetic inheritance resulting from someone else’s evil even a couple generations before the killer was born?

    We all have sin natures. We are all evil, in and of ourselves our very actions in God’s eyes are evil. What we see played out in society is in essence degrees of evil (perhaps not to God). Those degrees are certainly influenced by events and things sometimes outside of our control, such as noted above.

    Clay Jones has a good post on his blog a while back about disaster being a call to repentance. I think that is the case, even in this instance. http://www.clayjones.net/2011/11/disaster-is-always-a-call-to-repentance/

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