Points to Ponder: God is Weeping too

Points to Ponder
God is Weeping too
By Pastor Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

"The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart. I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings." (Jeremiah 17:9)
Well, that would seem to explain it when we think about a 20-year-old man killing his mother and then killing twenty innocent children and the adults who tried to protect them.
As a parent, I can only imagine the pain of discovering that one of my young daughters had been murdered in her school classroom. Just the thought of that brings tears to my eyes. How unbearable it must be for those many parents who have lived with this reality.
As a pastor, people look to me to come up with explanations or to somehow make sense of this evil. As I prayerfully reflected on this horror, some thoughts came to mind.
In Lincoln's second inaugural address (March, 1865), he tried to explain the Civil War; why were so many lives lost on both sides, even as both held claims to God's hand being with them? Lincoln surmised that the war was a divine judgment on our country for the centuries of slavery, which we justified and from which our nation profited.
Another thing that occurred to me, as I reflected upon the broken hearts of numerous parents, is the Ultimate broken heart. Consider the children; whose are they? I have two daughters, but they re not mine.
To Jeremiah, God said, "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you..." (Jeremiah 1:5).
Through David in Psalm 139, we're told that God sees our substance "being yet unformed," that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made."
Every child is conceived because God purposed it. He knows each one and each one is His. The parents are neither the source nor the cause of the life born to them. They are stewards or a gift from God (Psalm 127:3).
So God also weeps when a child is taken. Why doesn't He step in and stop these murders? Well, which ones should He step in and stop? Especially since most of the murders of children are stoppable.
Twenty kids were gunned down in twenty minutes. Yet, in the abortion clinics across our land, that many children, and more, are killed every day.
Could it be that, just as the sin of slavery was paid for with the blood of thousands during the Civil war, the innocents we have lost in the periodic shooting sprees across the country are a judgment upon us for the daily massacre our President and others call a constitutional right?
The beginning of the end of ancient Israel was when Solomon legalized child sacrifice to the gods of his many pagan wives (I Kings 11).
"Moreover you took your sons and your daughters, whom you bore to Me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your acts of harlotry a small matter, that you have slain My children and offered them up to them by causing them to pass through the fire?...Behold, therefore, I stretched out My hand against you, diminished your allotment, and gave you up to the will of those who hate you, the daughters of the Philistines, who were ashamed of your lewd behavior." (Ezekiel 16:20-21 and 27).
If we cry in agony for these twenty kids we did not know, does God cry for the one million aborted per year; children whom He formed and knew? Just a question...
While scanning the news headlines on the day of the school massacre I noted two, which gave me pause. One reported that atheists are petitioning President Obama to eliminate from the oath-taking ceremony the Bible and the words, "So help me God." Another headline blasted a state governor for speaking of his faith in a public forum.
Maybe before all these groups can eliminate God from the affairs of the U.S.A., He will withdraw Himself. Perhaps 9/11/01, Columbine, and now Newtown, are warning signs.
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." (Galatians 6:7)

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