There has been oh, so much commentary on the Sandy Hook massacre. I’ve heard it from all sides and right now, I don’t even care what agenda is being put forth. I feel uncomfortable with the way pundits are promoting their agenda off of the backs of 27 slaughtered women and children.
For now though, I really want to address what Christian leaders are saying and they are saying a lot. The main theme is that God is pouring out his judgment on us for various and sundry reasons: Gay marriage, abortion, divorce, the removal of God and prayer from the schools and the teaching of evolution. Of course they are all wrapped up in the fall and tied up with a big freewill bow.
I would like to comment on each of the reasons put forth by these spokesmen for Christian Church, but for today, I want to address one comment in particular because it was said by a man I used to have tremendous respect for, Dr. James Dobson. This is what he said on his radio program on Monday:
“Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I’m not talking politically, I’m not talking about the result of the November sixth election; I am saying that something has gone wrong in America and that we have turned our back on God.
I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.
And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.”
Yes, you read it correctly. Our country has gotten so bad, what with marriage equality and keeping abortion safe and legal, that “God” decided that having a 20 year old man decimate 27 women and children, along with their families, and consequently an entire town, was a bang up idea.
I have several thoughts on this. First, (setting aside the idea of a god that even exists) this is God’s judgment falling upon us? Wow, seriously, us? In reality the pain and suffering falls to 27 families. Yes we all are sad about it, but when all is said and done, they are the ones that will never be the same, not “us.” So, I seriously doubt this is God’s judgement. He’s a big idea man. Remember the Ark?
Second, Newtown, Connecticut? Really? God is angry and so he brings down judgment on a sleepy little place called Newtown? A town full of church going, god fearing, and for the most part, traditional, heterosexual families. Seriously, if there was a god that desired to pour down wrath on the sinners of the world, I think he would go bigger, say Las Vegas, New Orleans, or at least San Francisco, not Newtown, Connecticut. Perhaps he’s just slapping us on the wrist. Oh yes, that will teach us. “We get it now god, please forgive us; we will love you now.”
Third, the idea that our country, at this time and place, has so grieved “God,” that he is now judging us. I’m sorry, this just seems ludicrous when you consider our history. I mean, this is a country that, at it’s inception, gained prosperity by decimating an entire culture of people, and then by beating, raping, and enslaving fellow human beings, because they weren’t really human, and even subjugating their own women, who were basically their property.
I would think that if there was a time in our country’s history that deserved the judgment of god, it would have been then, right? Seriously, what kind of a god, would turn a blind eye to, or worse, endorse such things as genocide, slavery, rape and abuse of women?
Oh wait, scratch that. Perhaps Dr. Dobson is on to something after all.