You have the sense that you are losing your grip on reality and that you are literally on the verge of a mental breakdown. In the United States, insanity is no longer a medical term and, in fact, is mainly used in legal definitions.
My own Facebook newsfeed is filled with similar posts and comments. The online commentary often reflects a serious misunderstanding of what Christians believe. But just thinking something—no matter how charitable those thoughts may be—does nothing.
This is something that Christians and non-Christians should all be able to agree on. Thoughts do nothing and prayers do nothing.
That leads me to the next point. Christians expect to pray and take other action. So what do Christians pray about in a situation like this? Christians believe God created humans with the ability to make morally significant choices.
We can use that free will to do good or to do evil. If God had chosen to create us without free will, we would simply be robots. Would God make it so that every time a troubled youth enters a school for such a purpose, they change their mind?
Or would He make it so they accidentally break their gun on the way in? Or would He have them fall and break a leg? Or would He make a vicious dog appear out of nowhere to attack them?
It would be a bizarre world where God completely eliminated the free will to conduct a specific type of evil. We never expected our prayers to eliminate free will.
In an atheistic worldview, life is the product of purely natural forces. In such a world, our decisions would be driven strictly by physical impulses—we would be bound by the shackles of physical law.
The laws of nature are uniform throughout, and these laws do not accommodate the concept of free will. He would just be acting according to his physical impulses. I understand the outrage that everyone feels right now. A tragic event like this is evil. However, objective moral standards cannot exist unless a higher-than-human moral authority like God exists.
A normal cube has different colors on each square and the challenge is to turn the cube until each side only has one color. You can do anything.
In such a world, school shootings can legitimately be considered good or evil. But if God exists, He provides the colors and the objective standard for how they are to line up; we can see where the pieces should or should not go.
In such a world, school shootings are an example of what should not happen. School shootings are objectively evil.
School shootings and other evil actions will always occur in our world because God created us with free will. Prayer is in addition to, not instead of, other human action. In fact, if you believe that shootings are evil and that people have the free will to choose whether to shoot or not, your worldview is actually more consistent with theism than atheism.
Maybe you should reconsider prayer after all. For full conversations to have with your kids on the subjects discussed in this post, see the following chapters in my book, Talking with Your Kids about God: How do we know God hears and answers prayer?
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We. Lee Woofenden is an ordained minister, writer, editor, translator, and teacher. He enjoys taking spiritual insights from the Bible and the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg and putting them into plain English as guides for everyday life. In response to the latest tragic school shooting, social media is on a warpath against anyone who dares to offer “thoughts and prayers” for the situation.
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