Like many of you, I found myself shaking my head in disbelief and shedding some tears over the unthinkable tragedy today at the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school where more than two dozen children and adults were senselessly murdered. Nobody with a heart could watch the story unfold without getting a sickening feeling in their gut.
As a parent and grandparent, I can’t imagine what the families of the victims are going through tonight. My heart goes out to them as their lives are forever changed, their futures rewritten in a moment, and every December holiday season yet to come destined to be a painful reminder of that terrible day.
When things like this happen, we always ask “Why?” While each incident has a web of contributing factors – anger, failed relationships, mental illness and more – I look at today’s tragedy and say with confidence that evil is real. It has been real since the fall of man and will continue until a day in a new heaven and a new earth with no more tears, no more death, no more pain.
As a Christian, I can’t look at the world except through my Christian worldview. That requires not just that I claim the faith and selected portions of the Bible. It requires that I accept the Bible as the ultimate authority for all matters of faith and practice, even when politically incorrect, and that I believe what it teaches even if I do not understand completely.
Part of what it teaches is that evil is real. Evil is based in rebellion against God. We all have a sin nature that inclines us toward evil, but there is a way through repentance and faith in Christ to shed the old nature and take on a new one – to have one’s heart changed forever by its Creator.
We can argue about gun control, laws, and what could have been done to prevent today’s tragedy, but I only know one biblical cure – a heart changed by the grace of God.
Galatians 5:24 says “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”
Leap year lesson #348 is Evil is real, and so is the cure.