Today is the feast of the Transfiguration
and as such it is an excellent time to answer a question I’ve been hearing concerning the Dayton and El Paso shootings, particularly from the non-religious: “Were was God when this was going on?”
The short answer is: ” Where you expect him to be?”
For nearly sixty year our media, political, social, educational and cultural so called “betters” have done all they could to drive God out of the public square, out of the classroom, out of our political discourse, out of our social discourse, out of every single cultural aspect of society. And being a loving God rather than an oppressor instead of defying that demand respected the free will of these folk and did so allowing folks who didn’t want him there to do the best they could without him.
That best isn’t very good. Particularly when the ancient enemy has been ready to step into the gap left by his departure.
There is however good news.
There are plenty of people who weren’t all that anxious for God to go away and he has remained with such people willing to give aid and comfort to those who ask. That’s good, but even better is that just like in the Transfiguration where the glory of Christ was made plain to Peter James and John, God is willing to transform us and help us transform our society, if we want to do so.
But it’s our choice, God will not compel us, he will allow us to face the world as it is, human nature as it is if we so choose.
May we as a nation learn from our errors and choose wisely.