There’s one question that seems to arise anytime something majorly catastrophic or devastating happens … Where Was God?
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee answers this question for Americans perhaps as well as one could answer it in the following video:
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee commented on the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Fox News, saying that Americans have “systematically removed God from our schools” and thus should not be surprised when violence occurs there.
Huckabee: The biggest aftermath of something like this is people are going to look for, ‘Why did it happen?’ Okay, well the answer is inexplicable. And what do we do to stop it? You can take certain measures, and I think your that previous guest had a lot of great ideas which is very important. But ultimately, you can take every gun away in America and somebody will use a bomb. When somebody has an intent to do incredible damage, they’re going to find a way to do it. In the case of the Jonesboro shooters we were talking about an 11 and a 12 year old kid who took high powered rifles and gunned down their classmates and teachers after they had got them into a school yard by setting off a fire alarm where they were trapped in a fenced area and couldn’t get back in because the door locked after them. They were sitting ducks. And the question was how can an 11 and a 12 year old do this? And the answer is nobody can understand how that can happen.
Huckabee: So you know, people will want to pass new laws, but unless you change peoples’ hearts, there I transition maybe to the pastor side. This is a heart issue, it’s not something, laws don’t change this kind of thing.
Host: You know, invariably, people ask after tragedies like this, ‘How could God let this happen?’
Huckabee: Well, you know it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there’s 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. That we’re not just going to have to be accountable to the police if they catch us but one day we stand before a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that. And so I sometimes when people say, ‘Why did God let it happen?’ you know, God wasn’t armed. He didn’t go to the school. But God will be there in the form of a lot of people with hugs and with therapy and a whole lot of ways which I think he will be involved in the aftermath. Maybe we ought to let him in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up when it’s all said and done at the back end.
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Transcript of Mike Huckabee’s speech on “Where Was God?”
I said that for 50 years, we’ve since systematically attempted to have God removed from our schools, our public activities, but then at the moment we have a calamity we wonder where He was. Well the predictable left lit up the airwaves and blogosphere with a violent vicious reaction and jump to the conclusion that I said if we had prayer in school shooting wouldn’t happen.
Well I said nothing of the sort! It’s far more than just taking prayer or Bible reading out of the schools. It’s the fact that people sue a city so we aren’t confronted with a manger scene or a Christmas Carol. That lawsuits are filed to remove a cross that’s a memorial to fallen soldiers, churches and Christian-owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills.
We carefully and intentionally stop saying things are sinful and we call them disorders, sometimes we even say they’re normal and to get to where that we have to abandon bedrock moral truths, then we are asked, “Well … Where was God?”.
And I respond “As I see it, we’ve escorted Him right out of our culture and we’ve marched Him off the public square and then we express our surprise that a culture without Him actually reflects what it’s become.”
As soon as the tragedy unfolded, I think God did show up. He showed up in the lives of teachers who put their lives between a gunman and their students. He showed up in policeman who rushed into the school, not knowing if they would be met with a barrage of bullets. He showed up in the form of hugs and tears for children parents and teachers who had lived through the slaughter. He showed up at the overflow church services were people lit candles and prayed.
And He showed up at the White House where the President invoked His name and quoted from His book. And in a few days or weeks will probably ask God to excuse Himself from view and we will announce in our arrogant pride that we are now enlightened and educated and we’ve evolved beyond needing Him. And somebody’s going to suggest we pass a law to stop all this kind of thing … I might want to point out that we don’t have to pass a new law, there’s one that’s been around a while that works if we teach it and observe it … Thou shalt not kill. Oh, there are about nine others, but to tell you about them require bringing God back and we know how unacceptable that might be.