December 17, 2012
Responses to the Sandy Hook School Shooting
Christian leaders seek to comfort in the aftermath of the massacre.
Mark Galli from Christianity Today reflects on the death and life of innocent children, concluding they "are not alone—nor without hope."
Did you rewrite your sermon for Sunday in light of the shooting? Max Lucado told CNN that pastors will be "scrapping their scheduled Sunday sermons." “You have to address it - you have to turn everything you had planned upside down on Friday because that’s where people’s hearts are."
Ed Stetzer from LifeWay Research outlines three ways Christians should respond to "the horror of a broken world."
Mike Huckabee responds to criticism over his remarks linking the shooting to the secularization of America's public square. Another conservatives, Peter Wehner, who worked in the George W. Bush White House, called Huckabee's remarks witless, theologically confused, flippant, and offensive.
Ross Douthat from the NY Times brings the Christian story of Christmas into the horror of Newtown. He says, "The Christmas story isn’t just the manger and the shepherds and the baby Jesus, meek and mild. The rage of Herod is there as well, and the slaughtered innocents of Bethlehem, and the myrrh that prepares bodies for the grave. The cross looms behind the stable."
Last night President Obama quoted Scripture extensively in his remarks at an interfaith memorial service in Newtown, CT. He began:
Thank you, Governor. To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests -- Scripture tells us: “…do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”