Sandy Hook Massacre

Tears-eyes-16143904-500-368Forty sets of parents are waking up childless for the second time this morning, or one child short. Siblings are waking up without their brother or sister under their roof, some only for the second time in their lives. Many dogs and cats are still sleeping on empty beds, many grandparents lost faith in this next generation. Uncles lost nieces and nephews. Aunts lost best friends. Friends keep waking up from tearless nights.

The sudden realization of that forever-lost sort of feeling crashed into more than 27 homes again this morning. And it will continue to happen long after the rest of us move on.

Friday, death reigned. But it reigned the day before and the day before that, and it still reigns today. At least in an earthly sense.

But soon, Satan will be de-throned and cast into the fiery pit for all eternity. In the end, sin and death and tears and sorrow will be destroyed forever. And God will comfort His children, young and old. And rest assured that God is comforting many children as you read this.

This is probably why The Hobbit was such a perfect movie to watch at a time like this because it’s a great comfort to see good triumph over evil time and time again.

Our hearts are breaking, and will be broken for a long time. We are also more scared than we ever have been. Our country has entered into a new phase of perversity. Over the last fifteen years we’ve seen our homeland sink deeper and deeper into depravity, starting with the Columbine shootings, the first massive school shooting we had ever heard of.

We’ve gone from high school shootings to college shootings to airplane takeovers to movie theater shootings – and we thought that was the lowest people can sink. Until Friday.

But remember that kids have been killed since the time of Pharaoh. All over the world kids are deliberately killed on a daily basis. Babies have been shamelessly murdered in the womb in our own country longer than we care to remember. There is nothing new under the sun. And people, by and large, are no less evil than Adam Lanza.

That is not to diminish the terror of Friday’s events. An age-old monstrosity, that has been committed since the time of Moses, simply stepped into the spotlight on the most prominent stage in the world, and gained a worldwide audience.

This will continue to happen all over the world, though we will not hear about every instance. There will be many prescriptions to curbing these heinous acts, laws put into place, and security will tighten around every school campus at least for the remainder of the school year.

But let us be clear, as good as some of those things are, it all comes down to the depravity of the human heart. And the only remedy to that is the redemption and love of  a Father who hates this sort of sin more than even we possibly could.

Remember that when we fall into fantasizing about personally punishing the Adam Lanzas and James Holmeses of the world, we are falling prey to the same depravity that they started out with when their crimes were first conceived. Thus our hearts are just as wicked as theirs in God’s eyes.

We must respond to this in love. Pity the murderers who are burning in Hell; resist the temptation to laugh and rejoice over their eternal torment. It does no good to pray for their souls now, because what’s done is done. But know that they are not in Hell because of this, any more than a man who committed one sin early in his life is in Hell.

Adam Lanza is not only paying for his sins from Friday. He’s not even paying for the many curses he uttered under his breath or the white lies he’s told. He’s in Hell for the same reason the other inhabitants are – refusing to place their faith in Jesus Christ.

Not only would he have experienced salvation, but twenty sets of parents would not have woken up childless again this morning. This is part of what we mean as Christians when we say that Jesus saves, and that He has an alternative plan for our world and for humankind.

Detach yourself form the company of Adam Lanza and Timothy Mcveigh, and join with the One who firmly stands against these monsters. You may be concerned for the lives of children and innocent people, which is commendable, but if you are not concerned about their souls, then you care only for what cannot be saved.

Do not be concerned for your own life as you go to the movies or to school or Christmas shopping at the mall, but be concerned about where you will go after your life has ended. We were reminded all too brutally that life is but a vapor, but our souls live on forever. Now is the opportunity to decide where. Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and your prayers for the victims, for your friends and family, for your life, will be heard.

Grace, peace, and love be to all the Sandy Hook victims and their families. May they be drawn to Jesus through this unspeakable tragedy. “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many lives may be saved” (Genesis 50:20).

Come, Lord Jesus. But only once all your children are gathered. Amen.

Please read this blog post by Dr. Albert Mohler concerning Friday’s tragedy.

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Published by Andrew Toy

Writer when I'm not being a husband or dad. So mostly just a husband and dad.

25 thoughts on “Sandy Hook Massacre

  1. Andrew, beautifully written. The public was giving Gov. Mike Huckabee flack yesterday for stating that this is happening because we have taken God out of our schools. He was not being insensitive, but truthful. He stated in a Fox interview that if those who commit such terrible crimes are not afraid of the police, then they certainly don’t fear God. How sad! Your right, our society is getting worse everyday, but then again, our Lord warned us that this would happen. Let us pray for the continual safety of everyone from the enemy who seeks to destroy us daily. God bless you.


  2. Agree with all you have said, but I’m not sure we have the power to decide or determine Adam Lanza’s place for eternity. We have a just God who does not give eternal life according to our deeds, but according to our dependance on the saving grace we can all have through belief in the full atonement of Jesus Christ.

    However, as you have said, let’s hope a renewed closeness to our Lord and Savior results from this tragedy. Let’s hope more people consider closely the fragility of their condition and turn to the One who can give peace and forgiveness … even the forgiveness of those whose sins which in our hearts and minds seem unforgivable.


    1. You’re absolutely right. I just couldn’t figure out how to word it that we don’t know for certain, and it’s true that our deeds do not determine our eternal destiny. But when there is an abundant lack of fruit, I feel it is okay for us to assume his new abode in regards to the facts mirrored with what the Bible says. Thank you so much for pointing this out, as it needed to be.


      1. Thankyou Andrew for being so gracious in your response to my comment. I agree completely.

        BTW. You have a gift with writing and I have enjoyed every one of the posts I have read – including this one. I admire you for challenging people to think so much about their lives and faith. I wish I had more time to read them all.


        1. I don’t think much grace was needed in light of your comment. It was rational, biblically founded, and correct. Thank you for your encouragement. Blessings.


  3. Beautifully written Andrew, its really difficult to find rays of hope, and courage in a tragedy as dark as this.

    May this never happen again….May god bless all the families and loved ones involved in this horrific tragedy with the strength to carry on…


  4. Very well worded, thank you for the reminder, sometimes even when we start something with pure intentions we let our emotions over run us or we are to scared of what others will think if we write what is put in our hearts to say. Thank you for being able to write on this subject, professionally, emotionally, and educationally.


  5. “We must respond to this in love.”
    It is the only answer possible. All actions must be rooted in deep love and conciousness. And no one should be excluded. So many times we close our eyes to the mulitple signs of despair and the cries for help. Where was I when a mother asked for help with her troubled son? Where was I when the kids bullied the quiet kid in the back of the classroom?
    A friend of mine asked all his contact to go out, talk to people and get connected – take all oppportunities to smile and greet people we meet on the street. We all share the same world, we are all neighbors.
    Thank you for this post! Deep and beautiful as always.
    With great respect and love!


  6. Great insight as usual.

    The sad thing is that this did not suddenly happen. We have several generations now that have grown up with no prayer or respect for authority in the schools or homes. Don’t discipline little Johnny, you may hurt his self-esteem. Let him explore what he thinks is proper behavior.

    No moral high ground and people have lost the sanctity of life. To kill is no different than an old slap in the face or punch in the nose. Violence begets violence and when children sit playing games that glorify killing, it is going to show up somewhere in real life situations. We’ve become numb to the preciousnesss of life.


    1. Very good point on the video games. My question is, how many of these video games allow the game player to be the bad guy? I don’t know.


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