I can only imagine what it must be like to lose a son or a daughter. I’ve never experienced the horrible, unbearable sense of loss and despair that the parents of the Connecticut Elementary school kids are bearing. The fact that those kids were very young and when their lives were just beginning, were cut off by an unhappy, disturbed young adult, only makes it even more painful.
I imagine that many people wonder if there is even a reason for all of this; for a massacre so cruel and unfair. Some of us will probably blame others: school authorities, government, or God. Nevertheless, in our struggle to find a reason that satisfies us, we need to look at ourselves.
The Bible says that “A person’s own folly is what ruins his way, but he rages in his heart against God.” And it couldn’t be truer in the case of the Connecticut massacre. God has been kicked out of schools and instead we try to teach our kids to be loyal, respectful and trustworthy by simply putting a poster on the principal’s office wall. Textbooks present mixed messages like the one I read, that teaches to be loyal to friends and disloyal to our families. Attacks to Christianity and everything godly; a relentless agenda to convert students to atheism through biased science and history and the destructive teaching of evolution, which denies the value of human life, has everything to do with this tragedy. Furthermore, there are so many American children left alone most of the day, starving for affection, food and company, while their divorced parents pursue their own fulfillment, and all of this mixed with the easiness with which they can have access to drugs and guns. Tragedies like the one in Connecticut Elementary shouldn’t take us by surprise; they are just the reflection of what America society has become.
On the other hand, what is most important now, are the parents of those little children and how their lives will be affected by their loss. Along with all aspects of life, is the Bible the only book that has also an answer for death; an answer that could make a huge difference in the lives of the victims’ parents.
The Bible clearly tells us that those kids are today in heaven, because they were too young to be accountable to God for their sins.
“Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10: 13-16)
“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)
The Lord Jesus taught that when little children die, they are constantly in God’s presence, rejoicing in His goodness and love toward them. Not one of them is alone, lost or unhappy today.
The Bible teaches that one day we will all stand before God and will be able to recognize our family members who died before us. As hard as it is to lose a child, there is hope because they might see them again after death.
These parents need to know that there is hope in Jesus’ promises, so they embrace them.
Nevertheless, these promises are only for those who have reconciled with God. It is for those who have repented from their sins and have asked forgiveness from God, not trusting their own efforts to be saved from hell, but on Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
We may think that the death of those kids was in vain, but it won’t be in vain if their parents get to know the Lord Jesus and find in Him hope and peace.
Let’s pray that every one of those parents will come to know the Son of God and be saved, so they can be reunited with their children in the future. Let’s not stop praying until the Lord shows these parents that there is a purpose in everything that He allows to happen in our lives.
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