So many comments have been made over the past few days about where God was during the recent school shooting in Newtown, CT. Problem is, there is a lot of bad theology flowing throughout the interwebs, especially as it pertains to to theodicy and knowing the mind of God.
The problem with posts like these and comments made in my previous post, is that it outright disregards the Incarnation of Christ and turns God into a petulant , wrathful child.
My friend Michelle posted these comments on Facebook, which I think, puts things into perspective:
I’ve seen a lot of comments on this grand network claiming that Friday’s murders were our fault as a nation… something to the effect of, “What did you think would happen when we kicked God out of schools?”
For the record, you can’t kick God out of anywhere, God doesn’t really care if we’ve invited the Divine to our party. Whatever our remaining questions about this tragedy, we can all be sure God was with those students, teachers, and administrators on Friday. And I’m sure I could think of a worse message to send the families of the victims – this happened because God took a hike and abandoned your children, family, and friends – but it would be difficult.So instead of pretending like somehow we caused this because we don’t have prayer in schools anymore, how about we stick to praying for our schools and those in them – specifically for Sandy Hook Elementary. I have the sneaking suspicion it’d be a better use of our time and energy.