Evil.

Adam Lanza’s murdering of 20 precious children and six adults in Connecticut last week before ending his own life was but just another example of evil in our society and world. This time, however, the fact that his young victims ranged in ages from five to ten-years-old made his crime even more horrific.

Little children who were young and had their whole lives ahead of them. Some of them in kindergarten who were not even able to tie their own shoes. All of them starting the day like any other, but by 9:30 a.m. EST all of that would change.

In a cold, calculated, premeditated manner, the young 20-year-old Lanza first went to his mother’s home and killed her. He then went to the elementary school in Newtown, somehow gained access and heartlessly began killing folks, beginning with the principal.

Although it will be quite a while before detectives, forensics’ experts and psychiatrists will be able to come up with some plausible explanation for his actions, the fact remains that it was the epitome of evil. I even got to the place where I couldn’t stand watching the live newscasts because it was too painful — particularly as I thought of my own grandchildren ages five, three and one.

Already, predictably, there are increased calls for gun control. Just a week ago Bob Costas, a sports announcer and commentator, pointed to an NFL player who’d days before killed his girlfriend and then himself and said, "If he’d not had access to a gun, both of them would be alive."

Is that so?

No, not necessarily — for countless millions have died through the years by stabbings, clubbing, bare hands, etc. So, the issue in the Sandy Hook Massacre is not gun control.

It’s sin control. And, that will not happen apart from the help of the One whom atheists, agnostics, skeptics, etc., have been trying for years to keep out of our schools and society, citing "separation of church and state."

No, the problem of evil is a sin problem. Even though experts will probably discover that Adam Lanza had a problem with his mother and unleashed his anger on the children she taught at Sandy Hook, his problem (and ours) was/is still sin. And, it’ll continue to be until Christ, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) returns and puts an end to it.

In reality, our society and world are no different than any other down through history. It only seems that way because of our ability to know what’s happening anytime and anywhere because of technology and mass media.

Even in our lifetimes, think of some of the atrocities that have happened around the world: Hitler’s Holocaust, which also included the extermination of children and experimentation on pregnant women, mentally-retarded children, etc. The killing fields of Cambodia. The genocide of Rwanda and Bosnia. 9/11. Oklahoma City bombing.

And, the list goes on and on and on.

Some 600 years before Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, the prophet Jeremiah wrote about "A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children; she refuses to be comforted for her children because they are no more" (Jer. 31:15).

But, there was no way for him to know that referred to King Herod’s murder of all baby boys ages two and below after Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:16-18). We have no way of knowing how many tiny children died those days, but it was much greater than the number at Sandy Hook.

Yes, evil has always been a part of our fallen, sinful world. That’s why we must "lift our eyes higher than the hills to the One Who made them" (Psalm 121). The only Hope we have in days like these is in the One Who laid in the Cradle, hung on the Cross and rose from the dead on that first Easter morning (Hebrews 6:18-19).

Here’s praying you’ve placed your hope and trust in Christ. If so, use this Christmas to hold your loved ones tight as you read to them Luke’s version of the Christmas Story (Lk. 2:1-20). Then, rest in that Christ Child, Who even now is praying for you in Heaven (Heb. 7:24-25), to comfort you as you face the coming days with faith, not fear. God bless you.

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