Texas, how our heart breaks for you.
There is evil in the world. Pure, unadulterated evil. And if you had any doubt, this week is Exhibit A.
But for as sickened as my heart is over the tragic loss of 21 lives, my gut is equally as disgusted with how the media has responded.
They hadn’t even identified all the victims yet, before people were using this tragedy as a leverage point for their political agendas about guns.
It is absolutely maddening.
Now is just not the time. Our country is mourning the loss of innocent life. We’re hugging our children a little tighter. We’re in shock, trying to make sense of such a deliberate act of terror and violence against children.
Perhaps instead of using this tragedy as a pointing tool for lobbying agendas, we come together to talk about real issues we can all get behind: the mental health crisis. The crisis of fatherlessness. And the need for schools that are safe, with one point of entry, and higher security.
Instead, we’ve got Beto O’Rourke, Barak Obama and Joe Biden all out here using this tragedy for insensitive political theater.
Imagine being the parent of one of those little children, mourning an unspeakable loss, only to turn on the television and see your child’s final moments of life, being used as a billboard for political gain? It is disgusting.
But it’s moments of tragedy and horrific violence like this, when I find myself asking, Why God?
How could You let this happen? Why didn’t you stop this tragedy?
And what I’ve come to accept in my grasping for answers, is that bluntly, there is evil in this world.
This world is not Heaven. And there is an enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy, at any cost.
You see, that’s the thing about free will: For as profound of a gift as it was, it allows us to make terrible, unconscionable decisions. But it is our choice to make them.
And with that freedom of choice, also comes our vulnerability to corruption.
And as we learned from the first moment in the Garden, much to the evil one’s delight, we have a proclivity for sin.
This horrific shooting wasn’t an act that God allowed. It was evil on display.
And God is grieving and mourning right along with us. He is near to us, and most importantly, holding those children – whose lives were so cruelly ripped away – in His loving arms. He is holding them close to His chest, now and forever in Heaven.
That doesn’t change the heartsickness we grapple with here, amidst such blistering evil. And that doesn’t change the fact that there are families grieving the loss of their precious children.
They need our prayers. They need our support. They need comfort from the only One who can heal a wounded heart.
May they only hear His voice. And may it drown out all of the political garbage that is being blasted left and right, surrounding the absolute worst day of their lives.
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