Today was to have been Part 2 of my series on Spirit baptism, but I’ll postpone that a week in order to write about the shooting in Newtown, CT.
What a shock to all of us! Regrettably, shootings are fairly common in the United States, even multiple shootings, but the gunning down of 20 1st graders takes it to a whole new level.
Of course, the question that’s being asked over & over again is: Why did he do it? Yesterday, the CT state police even said that they would leave no stone unturned in finding out what caused this young man to commit such a heinous crime. Was it mental illness (i.e., a misfiring in his brain)? His parent’s divorce? Poor parenting? Social isolation? Had he been bullied? Too many video games?
Who knows? The question of what motivates us to do what we do is among the most complicated of questions. Often, we don’t even know ourselves why we do something. My suspicion is that we humans are typically motivated by a whole bunch of things at any given time, not just one or two.
As I’ve been watching & listening to the news (while still fasting from Fox News in the evening), I’m struck by what ISN’T said or talked about. . . . that being, the role of the supernatural. Even members of the clergy who have been interviewed have stayed clear of this subject.
While we pay lip service to the existence of the supernatural, and love to be entertained by it on TV and in movies, we’ve pretty much removed it from our collective consciousness. Instead, everything must have a natural explanation.
I believe the SUPERNATURAL played a big role in the shooting. By that I mean, I believe the shooter was oppressed, if not possessed, by one or more demons (evil spirits) at the time the shootings occurred.
Were there other factors in play? Of course. But, it’s dangerous for a society to leave out the supernatural. Why? Because in leaving out the supernatural, we leave out God (paying only lip service to Him). And the society that leaves out God will come under His judgment (see Romans 1).
As soon as I heard about the shooting, my mind went to Hosea 4, which we had read the previous Sunday. It says this:
Hear the word of the LORD, you [Americans], because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land: ‘There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land. There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this the land mourns, . . .’