Mike Huckabee’s view of where God was, in the light of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut where 20 kids and 6 adults lost their lives.
Indeed, we so often blame God for the evil that surrounds us, instead of realising that evil is just the absence of God, and God doesn’t inhabit the hearts of those who do not welcome him.
Since the comments were made, there has been much uproar about them, we see few articles and reports written in favour of what he has said, and plenty written lashing out at his comments (Salon article, Mediaite article), even using big words such as “vitupative” which hardly even accurately described his tone of voice (which was more a lament rather than a tirade).
This just reminds me of how the Bible talks about how the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (1 Cor 3:19), and that the foolishness of God being wiser than man (1 Cor 1:25). The world doesn’t understand why Jesus needed to die to atone for their sins. This seems to be foolishness to some, and yet to us believers, this truth resounds to great effect because we see our own sin, we know our own spiritual position, we are not coming from a position of holier-than-thou-ness, but rather a position of brokenness in acknoledgement of our own need for forgiveness and atonement.
Well, in the end, everybody has a right to his own opinion about whether Huckabee is a lunatic and an “opportunistic, self-promoting creep”, or if he is being a courageous, albeit misunderstood speaker of God’s truth. In the same way, everybody has a right to form his own idea of what is the best response to this tragedy. We need to be able to agree to disagree, and after all has been said and done, after all the discussion and debate, we need to put down all our guns (both literally and metaphorically) and to spare a thought for and rally behind the plight of the victims and their families. While we are here discussing the merits and demerits of gun control and on all that has been said about God and the lack of God in the light of this tragedy, they have had to suffer a big irreversible loss in their lives. They need our support, our prayers, our empathy.