Continuing the thread started by Lee Strong, there have been many commentaries in the Main Stream Media on the Nickel Mines slaughter. And in each report I hear the angry musing of someone asking, “Where was God in all this?”
There are two types of people who ask that kind of question, those who think evil only happens when God (like grandpa Pickles) takes a nap and those who don’t understand what evil is or where it comes from. God was there and what was He doing? He was weeping.
Another piece that seems always to come up (in every case of a tragedy of this kind) is the interview with the neighbor or friend that usually sounds like this, “We’re shocked. He was such a niece guy. He was always there when you needed him He coached our son’s soccer team” GKC said, "You will find twenty allusions to Jekyll and Hyde in a day's newspaper reading.”
The thing in almost all of the stories I hear on the Nickel Mines tragedy that boggles the mind of the MSM commentators is the reaction of the Amish. None are asking for revenge, a governmental investigation, or metal detectors be put up in their schools. They are asking for prayers for the murder’s family and for all who are suffering. The MSM hasn’t a clue how to spin this reaction because it is so far from their frame of reference.
Bill Donaghy wrote a wonderful piece on this seemingly contradictory reaction.
Here is quote from that essay:
“This kind of compassion, this mind-boggling love is what is newsworthy. This kind of reaction to terror and death is heroic. It's born from stillness as this anonymous reflection describes:
Empty, yet full of power, it seems as nothing, but envelops everything. Silence: the roar of it deafens; shatters upon the soul in waves. One is not able to stand in its mystery. It scours like the ferocious whirling of the desert sand, laying waste all that lies before it. It reveals pain, loss, vulnerability, and weakness. The world tries to cover it, smother it with noise and activity. The world tries to silence the silence. But a few allow it to strip them, to let it reveal to them the beauty of its majesty. A beauty which is found in them also, deep within all, if only they would allow themselves to enter the white-hot furnace of silence. Therein much is revealed and all is made new.”
C.S. Lewis opened his book The Problem of Pain with this question: "If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?" For Lewis, the solution to the problem lies in the doctrine of free will. If humans are truly free to choose good or evil, he reasons, then evil must be a real possibility. An omnipotent God could surely prevent evil, but he could only do so at the cost of human freedom. Human freedom is better than a world without suffering because it makes real love and real goodness possible.