We all like to think that we can be a force for justice in the world. We somehow think that our sense of justice is the right one. After all it is wrong for someone to kill innocent children and unarmed adults, right? Do we realize that in order for justice to exist, injustice must likewise be a present given option?
We mourn with an incomplete picture of the future. We often see only what we want to see. For some it is the death of innocent children, killed by random violence. To others an extreme injustice occurred because an object with killing potential was available.
Our goal should be to eliminate violence. Mistakenly many think they can do that by restricting objects used to commit violence. But the truth is we will never eliminate it in our present state and present world. When we fail to punish criminals or worse yet fail to recognize the environments that produce criminal behavior we will never find the means to stop it.
These topics become hotly debated each time a crime like this occurs. The essence of our freedom allows for things our laws cannot always prevent, for they cannot stop the desires of the evil heart. When guns are no longer available they will use cars and drive into groups of people or find other means to carry out their twisted imaginations.
Our character is revealed in these times of opposition. Do we want to refine our soul or blame objects used to injure? As harsh as it seems or sounds the refinement of our soul depends on the opposition of negativity and evil being around us. Would we be wrong in assuming that hundreds if not thousands of individuals capable of committing heinous crimes are sown throughout our society? They are mostly the result of decades of desensitizing attitudes towards life and those relationships that bring human creation. How they manifest themselves in our society is a variable of great uncertainty.
Twenty children die every 4 days from some type of familial dysfunction that results in abuse at the hands of the people closest to them, even those who should be their protectors. A few individual and organization crusaders remind us of this awful evil that plagues us every day. What causes such behavior? Why would God allow this abuse to occur at the hands of what should be a child's greatest protector? Indeed the character of our nation has shifted. Not because of guns or weapons but because of our insensitivity to life. “The Two Moral Codes” discusses this subject.
Can he stop our choices? Probably, but why would he? For him there is no death. His justice is not fully in effect in this life, otherwise it would interfere with our choices. Punishment cannot be immediately inflicted, nor reward as this would control our behavior. We are being tested to see if we will control our own behavior.
With our limited vision the outcome we see and want might not be the best one. Those children and teachers that died have gone to God. We are left us to deal with their passing with faith that they will be well, or that they are just simply gone. Are we a people of faith or something else?