Friday, December 14, 2012

Bidden or Not Bidden

We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we've systematically removed God from our schools.
—Mike Huckabee
Like so many, I am reeling from what happened in Newtown, Connecticut, today. I can hardly put two thoughts together, but as a Christian, I just have to respond to the statement Mike Huckabee made today.

Mr. Huckabee, if your God can be so easily removed from the public schools, or from anywhere, then you're doing it wrong.

If your God wasn't right there, feeling every shudder of terror and grief at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning, then you're doing it wrong. Seriously.

This horror did not happen because the people of this nation do not believe as you do. Or as I do. Harsh, vindictive indifference to human suffering is not God's way. The Good News is that, in the midst of all the questions and all the anguish, God is with us. God suffers with us. Always.

Bidden or unbidden, God is present.
—Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus

1 comment:

  1. I'm sort of agnostic, but I like the thought that God was there, and I firmly believe that if there is a God that he was certainly there with those children. When I heard what Huckabee said my first thought was, where else would God have been?? You've painted a lovely picture. Thank you.