Friday morning’s incident at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut has stopped pre-Christmas America in her tracks. Yesterday, I was one of many Christmas shoppers huddled around a store television to watch the story unfold. In horror, we’ve cried along with the parents and citizens of Newtown – wondering how could something like this could happen? The news feed on Facebook is an understandable blend of outrage, heartbreak and compassion. There are, however, voices claiming to be “Christian” who are adding insult to injury with heedless comments. Also disconcerting, is the religious proclivity to rush to judgment on certain unknowables. This, my friend, is conversation unfitting a believer, and unChristian in nature. In this video, I offer some insight as to how a Christian should respond, as well as some research touching a few plaguing questions, like:
1. What traits are common to mass killers?
2. How could a person kill innocent children?
3. Are there warning signs?
4. Where was God?
5. How can a parent or friend know there is a risk of such violence in a loved one?
The second half of the message, is a look at the anointing of healing that belongs to the true church, and how that anointing is cultivated and preserved. I welcome your thoughts and comments and offer my prayers for all affected by the Newtown Shooting.