Bryan Fischer, an evangelical radio host with the American Family Association said Friday that God did not stop the tragic shootings in Connecticut because America has told Him to “get lost.”
“Where was God when all of this went down?” he asked. “Here’s the bottom line: God is not going to go where he is not wanted.”
“We’ve spent 50 years telling God to get lost. Telling God we do not want you in our schools. We do not want to pray to in our schools. We do not want to pray to you before football games. We do not want to pray to you before graduation…. We don’t want your word read in our schools,” he added.
Fischer said that God is a gentleman who will not go where He is not wanted.
“God would be glad to say to us, ‘Hey, I’d be glad to protect your children, but you’ve got to invite me back into your world first,'” he added.
He went on to reminisce about his time in school.
“Back when we had prayer — the Bible and the Ten Commandments — in schools, we didn’t need guns,” he said.
Since the deadly shootings that saw some 27 killed — including some 20 young children, a number of people have blamed the NRA and demanded immediate gun control legislation. Fischer, however, says that the solution to incidents like these is a reinvigorated First Amendment that protects prayer in schools, not restrictions on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says that tragedies like the Connecticut shooting leaves people searching for answers.
“The Bible tells us the human heart is 'wicked' and 'who can know it?' My heart aches for the victims, their families and the entire community,” he said.
“One thing we can be absolutely sure of is that God loves each one of the victims and all those who are suffering right now as a result of this vicious act,” he added.
Greg Laurie, evangelist and pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., knows the pain of losing a child after his son, Christopher, died in 2008.
“The experts will opine on why this happened. All I can say is this was pure evil,” he wrote. “The heartlessness and wickedness of this man that did the shooting is really unimaginable.”
Laurie said that the man who committed the crime, “Will have to face God,” and encouraged others to have what he called an “eternal perspective.”
“We need to remember this life on earth is not all there is. There is an afterlife and there earthy wrongs are righted,” he wrote.
“I know God is there ready to bring His comfort to those grieving right now in Connecticut. I know He is here right now to bring comfort to all of us who are heartbroken to hear such news,” Laurie added.
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