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Silence. Please.

Yesterday was a day of horrific shock and mourning among the citizens of this nation. Considering if (or what) I should post about it, it quickly became evident there were just no words to be found inside me to share at this time. 

So, a post from Internet Monk


I am convinced more and more every day — and especially in the light of tragic events yesterday — that the wisdom Christians in the U.S. need to learn is found in the Book of Job.

Now when Job’s three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They met together to go and console and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him, and they raised their voices and wept aloud; they tore their robes and threw dust in the air upon their heads. They sat with him on the ground for seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. – Job 2:11-13, NRSV

Contrast that with this topic sentence from a story at the Christian Post:

“Christian leaders were quick to offer their reaction to the deadly shooting Friday at a Connecticut elementary school in a small town where within minutes 26 people were dead – 20 of them children.”

There is a time to speak.

Now is not that time.


One comment on “Silence. Please.

  1. And the stupid and ignorant have plenty to say:

    When Mike Huckabee was asked on Fox News “how could God let this happen?” his answer was,

    We ask why there is violence in our schools, but we’ve systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability?


    “Christian” radio host Bryan Fischer spent the first hour of his radio program today discussing this morning’s truly horrific shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut. Fischer said that God could have protected the victims of this massacre, but didn’t because

    “God is not going to go where he is not wanted”


    Wonder if this same reasoning could be applied to school room in which all those Amish children were slaughtered in 2006? Nope, didn’t think so. And neither can it be applied to yesterday’s tragedy.

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