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When Moral Equivalence Becomes Pure Evil Don’t Look Away.
“Where is God?”
Good question. It was posed in a sermon at my Church recently, soon after the horrible events of October 7.
Where was God on that day when animals were decapitating little, tiny, beautiful babies-the purest form of God’s creation?
Where was God when a little girl about the age of my grandaughters, cowering in sheer terror under a table in her home trying to hide from the sub-human piece of excrement who had just slaughtered her family when that animal calmly raised his pistol and shot her between the eyes?
I pose these questions— two examples out of 1,400 human beings butchered like pigs by pigs not to reflect the slightest pretense that I am any kind of theologian or that I have even the vestigal beginnings of an answer to these questions.
I pose them as I think many believers around the world must be asking similar questions, not only about October 7 and the pigs of Hamas but about so many of our cherished institutions and beliefs and traditions which seem to be crumbling before our very eyes.
In what follows, I will try to sift through the detritus that has come to characterize our life these days to search for reasons to have some hope for our beloved America as we are consigned to 15 more months of suffering through the most corrupt, and clearly the most dangerously incompetent, administration in our Nation’s history.
For those relatively few in our country who make a concerted effort to stay informed of all the daily horrors through reliable sources (sorry, but it must be acknowledged), none of this will be new — or a “bombshell” that the media serves up on a daily basis, nor does it pretend to be. In a way, this could be said to be selfish on my part as a way of trying to find that lantern of hope that I must find to stave off surrender of the America I love.
Where was God during these acts of barbaric inhumanity? How could God allow a “man” to gouge another’s eyes out of their head while still alive? Rape, torture, and murder their fellow man? We are taught from early days that we are all God’s children, created in the image of God. Surely, these monsters were not created in the image of the God I worship and no faith should expect its followers to believe such a thing.
The following will be my probably feeble attempt to sort through some of he questions troubling those with sentient minds in these days of cruelty and inhumanity and insanity.
October 7: The Day the Delusions Died
This is the title of a recent essay by Konstantin Kisin, which pithily describes the seismic shift wrought by that grotesque day to our universe: