The Word on the Street
Evil Has Visited Once Again
I had planned on offering a light-hearted New Year’s piece here in January’s Good News;
something uplifting to usher out the old and welcome in the new.
But the timing just isn’t right.
Our hearts are heavy with not just bad, but evil news, in the waning days of December, our
cheeks streaked from tears, our holiday spirits dashed over the news of 20 dead kindergarteners at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Six members of the school staff and the 20-year-old gunman’s mother are also dead.
There is only one word to describe the senseless carnage. Evil.
We want answers. We want some plausible explanation for why or how such a horrendous
thing could happen. But we also know that no answer, no explanation would suffice.
There is no explaining evil. It is what it is.
I can’t imagine the grief of Newtown’s kindergarten parents this Christmas. I can’t begin to
imagine their heartbreak. And I can’t imagine any words offering consolation. There is also
little hope for them in the New Year. Just emptiness.
We can but pray for God’s grace to carry them through the dark valley they must endure.
It seems that random acts of terror have become uncommonly common as evil abounds.
Scripture assures us that “where sin abounds, grace abounds all the more”—Romans 5:20. It seems then that we should be due for a tidal wave of grace.
Perhaps God is waiting on us to make a few ripples ourselves.
Is it time to ban the sale and possession of assault rifles, high-capacity magazine clips, and armor piercing exploding bullets for all but military personnel and law enforcement?
Is it time we give kindergarteners a fighting chance?