Odd, isn't it? The very
presence of evil - and more specifically, the identification of it
by any who observe it - points to mankind's greatest hope.
There are just some things children should never see.
Unfortunately for those who attend Sandy Hook Elementary School
in Newton, Conn., they now have not only seen them but will have
them burned in their memories for the better part of their lives.
Being escorted by police, stepping over bodies of dead classmates,
trying to avoid stepping in pools of blood, and simply getting out
of your schoolhouse and back to the safety of the arms of a parent
-- that would all be trauma enough, even without the violent
screams of terror and gunshots that preceded it.
The innocence of a child is one of those true gifts in life.
Their ability to see the beauty in things that adults grow
hardened towards is a joy that seems limitless. The wide-eyed
wonder of those early years of life is something our culture seems
insistent on robbing from them earlier each year. But in the face
of sheer evil, that wonder begins to be erased all together. When
that innocence is robbed from them, the effects of it suddenly
being gone -- particularly earlier in life than it should be --
leave scars that will likely be left on their souls, scars from
which they may never heal.
Or so it seems ...
One week ago this morning, 20 families dropped off their babies
at Sandy Hook - precious children who did not come home with them
that night. Nor will they ever again. The holes in the hearts of
these families are never made whole. The pain, though it subsides
over time, is never fully eliminated.
The mommies who had carefully wrapped a special present and put
it under the tree with the joy of giving it to them and to see
their face glow on Christmas morning, will discover that moment
will forever be in want.
And all the potential of those 20 lives -- mowed down as pieces
of grass -- will forever be withheld from the world's pool of
talent. The future contributions each of these young minds, lives,
bodies, and hands could create, produce, originate or innovate --
society has lost.
Another particularly harsh reality that will set in will be the
horrific blame-placing one parent will do to another. Why
didn't we decide to go ahead and keep that child home that morning
when he or she told us they weren't feeling well? And if
history is any teacher, several of these families or marriages will
dissolve because of the unbearable trauma imposed when a parent
buries their child.
God never intended that reality.
The unfiltered evil on display last Friday morning occurred in
"the safest place in the entire world," according to those from
Newton. It is by most accounts, "an adorable little town."
Then there is the one truly at fault -- the one who pulled that
trigger. The heart that was bathed, lathered, and soaked in the
molestation of a satanic force until it had marinated to a
murderous forte, killed unrepentantly, and with no mercy for the
innocent. Selfishness screamed louder than selflessness, and the
results of such thinking is a path of abject destruction.
Oddly it is that very presence of evil, and more specifically
the identification of it by any who observed, that also points to
mankind's greatest hope.
For evil personified cannot exist in this reality or any other
without an equal level of good also existing.
It's a yin and yang.
We only understand the horror of evil because of the presence of
good we have also seen, witnessed to, felt for ourselves. But if
evil is real then there is no need to argue anything -- good must
also be as well. Logic tells us this, no matter what the social
engineers, veiled as university academics try to tell us in this
post-Freudian age. There is right and wrong, immoral and moral --
and there was no confusion about what was what that morning at
Sandy Hook Elementary School.
That good that is present is also an objective form of good,
something elevated above all we can see ...
We commonly call him GOD!
And that God knows something of the suffering those families
face this day.
For he lost His son.
Not due to a lone, crazed gunman, but to an angry, illogical,
Not because of the sin of one, but because of the sin of
Yours, mine, all of them.
I have no answer for the one question every family member is
begging an answer. In this life, and on this earth we likely will
never have an answer as to "why?"
But I know this: God is.
He is not mocked. And as we sow, He reminds us, we also
What are we sowing? Is it wisdom? Is it truth? Is it honor? Will
it heal the riff between a troubled man and his mother? Will it
stop anger before it explodes?
God, take mercy on us, though we do not deserve it.
Show us the way home, obliterating confusion and helping to walk
with clarity -- in truth -- a little bit more, each day!
Kevin McCullough (email@example.com) is the nationally
syndicated host of "The Kevin McCullough Show" weekdays and
"Baldwin/McCullough Radio" Saturdays (9-11 p.m. EST) on more than
600 radio stations. His newest best-selling hardcover from Thomas
Nelson Publishers -- "No He Can't: How Barack Obama is Dismantling Hope
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