These are the ponderings of a Repentant Poaching Parson
The SHADOW KNOWS
Like the rest of the country, I have been following the events in and around Sandy Hook Elementary School today. Saddened and shocked and disgusted and hurting for grieving parents there.
But I was almost amused and much disappointed by the just plain goofy responses of the “experts” who answer the myriad of reporters. They re-ask the same questions in a veiled attempt to sound intelligent with their inquiries. And the experts all give differing responses in their answer as to “why”. When the anchor of one show asked his co-worker Rev. Huckabee to bring some “spiritual” perspective to the discussion, we got the closest to the real problem of anyone. He reminded us that the root of the problem is SIN, even though he did it in a diplomatic manner like the gracious man that he is and did not even use the S- – word.
Another non-religious, titled, and degreed psychologist surprised me when he came as close to a making a common sense answer as you would expect from the secular world. He suggested that not every tragedy could be blamed on mental illness of some kind. Not every murder or massacre could be labeled as a sickness.
The media reactions reveal an insight into the mindset of the American public. We have an insatiable lust to brand anything that smacks of evil, injustice, iniquity, wickedness, immorality or just plain meanness as a sickness or a mental disease. We make every attempt to attribute sinfulness to some sort of psychological pattern or anomaly. We would love to convince ourselves that it is aberration or an abnormality. Most probably a birth defect.
Am I the only one who seemed to hear the lurking whisper creeping thru the TV audio today? A haunting undertone from the distant past. It sounded strangely like the opening of an old radio drama of my youth. The actor playing the part of Lamont Cranston began with the an ominous laugh and the question “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” And the assurance that “The Shadow knows!”
You would think that he was the last man in the national media, broadcast or print, who knew what Jeremiah declared that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Mark 7:21-22 declares “out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:”
And since it is the Bible that identifies this problem, common to all mankind, it is the Bible that declares the only real remedy. Laws cannot legislate it out; reformations will not remove it; rules will not make a lasting change. And as long as meanness and murder are ingrained in man’s heart, no anti-gun laws will blot it out. A wicked heart will find a way to kill even if it has no weapon. There must be a change in the heart of man.
The only thing that can make a permanent change in man’s wicked heart is the Word of God. And there has never been a more needy time in America when we who know and believe the Word need to live it and tell it than today!
This Connecticut tragedy has evoked a flood of sympathy and empathy across our land. Would to God it would provoke every one of us Christians to renew our determination to faithfulness to the Word!