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I posted this (ahem) on my facebook several days ago in regards to all the reactions to the Sandy Hook tragedy:

I do believe I’ll be staying off facebook for awhile. All the simplistic and ignorant things being posted are maddening… from “conservatives” AND “liberals” alike. (Not targeting anyone!) If the “solution” is so easy it can fit in a couple phrases/sentences in a photo box…then all the world’s problems would have been solved LONG ago. And if you think that the solution is that easy, perhaps we should make you ruler of the free world since you are so smart and everyone else apparently stupid.

Yeah, I was a little irritated. Truly, some of the things being posted were just so trite, insensitive, simplistic, etc. More of us need to learn how to just shut-up! Remember Job and his friends in the Old Testament? The one thing they did right was when they mourned silently with Job. They got in trouble when they started to voice their opinions. On that note, here is a blog post I appreciated and wanted to share on the responses to Sandy Hook: “Where Was God?” and Other Wrong Questions. I hope you’ll read it. A brief excerpt:

I think many of us are afraid to talk to God about this tragedy and would rather talk about him (Where was God?) or talk about more mundane things instead (gun control; mental health). Talking to God about this horror is risky. To ask, “How long, O Lord?” is to walk the knife-edge of faith that separates believing Alyosha Karamazov from his unbelieving brother Ivan. It forces us to give full consideration to Ivan’s complaint against God–if the blessings of heaven require the suffering of just one child, then he wants none of God’s heaven. And to let that complaint out, to utter it even, is to risk–risk the shallowness of our own faith, risk really entering into the pain of others, risk really looking into the face of evil.

It seems to me, though, that the Gospel–if it really is true–directs our gaze to God and compels us to utter “How Long?” It compels us to speak not on God’s behalf, but to God directly on behalf of others. To pray the psalmist’s angry and desperate question alongside those who suffer, and perhaps in their place when they lose their words. Only then will we begin to frame an answer to Ivan Karamazov’s emotionally charged, and intellectually powerful heart-cry. And we will frame that answer not with words, but with lives. Nothing less will do.

(Thanks also to blogger Amanda who brought my attention to this post.)