At a Loss…

President Barack Obama attends the Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama attends the Sandy Hook interfaith vigil at Newtown High School in Newtown, Conn., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

What do you say at a time of severe loss? What do you say when there are no words? What do you say when the innocence of childhood is destroyed by the manifestation of evil?

There are no words. Only comforting gestures. Only trust in a Holy God.

I remember Dunblane, Scotland. Paducah, Kentucky. Littleton, Colorado. Erfurt, Germany. Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. Blacksburg, Virginia. Tuusula, Finland. Winnenden, Germany. And many, many others.

And now, Newtown, Connecticut. And as a nation and a world grieves and mourns, we seek a reason, an answer.

Was it access to guns? Drugs? Mental disease? Family issues? Issues from the murderer’s childhood? We all want answers. We all want to fix this with… something.

But there may only be one answer as to why.

Evil.

Pure, unfettered evil!

There is nothing else that can explain the actions of this murderer. Every other issue that can be named may have contributed in some way. But this is just pure evil.

And yet, in the midst of this evil, we see humanity at its best. We see teachers who gave their lives to protect their students. We see first responders running towards the gun shots. We see a community rally around their hurting neighbors.

And we gain comfort knowing that these children are in the arms of God.

But what is the solution? Piers Morgan is tweeting the solution is banning certain guns. But if that was just a tool, used for evil purposes, how do you deal with the root of it all. How do you deal with evil?

That’s the question we should be asking. We may never know why this insanity took place. There may be no reason hidden within the insanity. But if the answer is simply, an evil man committed evil acts, we are left with one question.

How do we combat evil in our world?

I believe the answer is something we celebrate on December 25 each year. As we approach Christmas, the celebration of the Son of God who came to earth to die for our sins, so that we too can be in the arms of God when we leave this earth, I hope we will all take a moment to think about evil and good, and sin and death.

Because Christmas is really about life and death, and good and evil. It’s about the birth of Jesus, who came to die, to defeat the power of evil, and to change our hearts so we could be good, and that even though we will still die, we will live for all eternity.

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