Saturday, April 13, 2013
God is Not Allowed in School?
It seems that every few weeks or so I pass a car on the road with a bumper sticker or someone posts a meme on facebook that looks something like this:
After tragic events such as Sandy Hook and the Virginia Tech shootings we are looking for answers and a place to lay blame. When some blame God for the violence in schools we want to defend God and we put out quirky little sayings that on the surface sound good and maybe even help us come to terms with something our finite minds cannot comprehend. Why were those children killed?
We have to come to terms with a reality, God did allow those school shootings to happen. Why? I have no idea. I only know that we live in a sinful world and we are reaping the results of our sinfulness, but God, in his infinite wisdom and sovereignty did allow the shootings. But, here is where we need to look carefully at this quote, "I am not allowed". What? Is that GOD saying that someone is not allowing him to do something? Is that God telling us that he was limited by man's legislation? Is that God telling us that he utterly and completely abandoned those children, some of which might have already been saved?
To say that God is not in the school is utter nonsense. To say that the violence in those schools is because God has abandoned them is nonsense. Where was God during those shootings? He was there, with every one of those children, with the teachers, and even with the shooters. He is there today, he will be there tomorrow. God is not limited by our rules. So Christians, think before you post this quote. It is such a gross misrepresentation of God's power and character.
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-8