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Letter: Answer to ‘why’ found in scripture of Bible

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To the editor:

I have the answer to the question everyone is asking regarding the tragedy that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Monday’s headline in the Daily Journal simply said “Why?” and many will contemplate, discuss and pontificate as to the answer of that question for the next several months if not years.

The answer is very simple. According to the Bible in Jeremiah 17:9 it says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” Jesus spoke in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

We live in a fallen world and the Lord told us we would have tribulation but He also told us that He has overcome the world and all of its heartache. More gun laws, security or protection would not have prevented this horrific crime against innocent lives.

I find it most interesting that we as a society have chosen to kick God out of our public schools because of a misinterpretation of the First Amendment which does not proclaim separation of church and state but rather “The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion.”

And yet during tragedies like school shooting it’s OK for us to call upon the religious leaders of a community to help us figure out why this happened.

It’s politically correct to ask people to pray for the families during these types of crises but don’t mention God or the Bible during any other time before such a crisis happens.

How long will we continue this hypocritical posture and not allow the name of Jesus to be publicly spoken?

Unfortunately this type of thing will no doubt happen again some time in the future and the only thing we can do about it is make sure our hearts are right with the Lord when that day comes because none of us knows when we might find ourselves in that situation and have our lives taken away so suddenly.

During this Christmas season let me encourage you to find that relationship with the Lord and ask Him to make Himself real to you this Christmas. He loves you and he loves all those precious families in Connecticut and He is the only one that can heal broken lives and hearts.

Let’s be sure to all pray for those families and ask God to make Himself real to them today.

Bruce Richardson


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