I continue to hear and read comments [from professed Christians] about how God has been “removed” from our schools, our Government, the town square and even Christmas! In the wake of the terrible tragedy in Connecticut as well as other school shootings from the past, there are many who have come to the conclusion that God has been removed from our schools, which has resulted in the free reign of evil. There is no doubt that these travesties are evil and innocent people’s lives including children have been cut short on this earth. My heart is deeply saddened and burdened for the families and friends who mourn.
I am also deeply saddened by the number of well-meaning Christians who do not know the character and nature of the God whom they serve. I am appalled that some would think God is bullied around by a law, policy or political agenda. God’s presence is not dependent upon a plaque inscribed with the Ten Commandments or a prayer that’s said at the beginning of a meeting or class. God cannot be pushed around, cast out, or told what to do. We need to get back to the Word of God, engage our faith and stop speaking in error out of our emotions. Here’s the point:
There is no institution on earth that can control the presence or power of God!
God is omnipresent. God is everywhere, plain and simple. God is not so weak that people or governments can tell Him where to be and where not to be. God was here first. Institutions came from God, not the other way around (Rom 13:1).
Where is the presence of God?
- He is near to all who call on him. (Ps. 145:18)
- He is near to all who reach out for him. He is not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:27)
- He is where you are. (Ps. 139:9-10)
- He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Heb 13:5)
- He is in the valley of the shadow of death. (Ps. 23:4)
- He is with you when you pass through the waters, the river, and the fire. (Is. 43:2-3)
- He is present in times of trouble. (Ps. 46:1)
- He is where two or three are gathered in his name. (Matt 18:20)
- He is with us always. (Matt 28:20)
Moreover, the Scripture tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, not even angels or “rulers.” (Rom 8:38-39).
The notion that laws or policies enforced by institutions can determine the presence and power of God is ludicrous. The God of the Bible is not weak and limited by the will of man! He is all-powerful; all-knowing; and ever-present!
We don’t have all the answers when faced with situations like school shootings and other tragedies. However, let’s not forget the answers that we DO have. Let’s not minimize the grace and sovereignty of an all-mighty God! Let’s not put him in a box; rather, let’s allow him to rule and reign in our lives as we tell the world of his goodness.