Is, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save...?
Two applause lines that ought to be forever excised from every Christian speaker, preacher, leader, and talk show host's material:
We've removed God from our schoolsWe've removed prayer from our schools
Is God so weak that He can be summarily kicked out of public schools by a vote of the school board, the legislature, the Supreme Court?
Is God so uncaring and unconcerned that He would simply leave our schools when a few strident, perhaps hostile voices demand that He do so?
Is prayer redefined so that if it is not verbal and audible that it is not prayer?
Is the prayer by state paid bureaucrats offered over children of such great value that every national tragedy, every mass murder to be attributed to the lack thereof?
There are a lot of pieces to this puzzle:
- A gun loving, doomsdayer, affluent middle-aged woman...
- ...who was the mother of a troubled child whom she taught to use weapons...
- ...which child likely practiced in fantasy scenarios...
- ...before selecting classrooms of innocents for reality.
The churches I have pastored have had members who were public school teachers, public school administrators, and elected board of education members and legislators as members. None of these, not one, were hostile to the things of God blamed by cheapshot public commentators for the latest, horrible tragedy.
That there is some degree, small overall I would say, hostility to the things of God in our society is manifest, but we are a highly religious society with churches everywhere. I'm having difficulty imagining the frail God who is rendered impotent by public officials. That is not our God.
Mike Huckabee, when asked how he reacted as a pastor and what he would say to those who had suffered unspeakable losses, wisely said that he would say little or nothing but offer hugs and tears.
That was sage advice. He should listen to himself.