December 19, 2012
Did you hear that?
I knew I heard something other than the anguish associated with this tragedy, and if you listen closely, you can hear it too.
With the atrocities perpetrated upon such innocence in Newtown, Connecticut, I heard what everybody else heard as the news unfolded that day. I heard the cries of first responders, parents, brothers, sisters, teachers, and friends just like everybody else did, but just below the cries of anguish and despair I heard the simultaneous cries of revolt.
At a more foundational level, I heard the mutinous rejection of an entire worldview with which our culture has been methodically doused for decades now, the now dominate story about human origins, human worth, and morality now taught, yea, even mandated, in our public schools and universities. You know the worldview about which I speak here, don't you? Of course, you do. I refer to the naturalistic Darwinism that now dominates modern academia, the very worldview that, in the face of this December terror, has absolutely nothing to say.
I heard a revolt against the logical conclusions drawn by your typical 10th grade classes on evolutionary biology that exclude God, reduce human beings to the sum of their chemical parts, and reduce morality to a dance with one's DNA. In other words, the anguish expressed on that day represented a unified rejection of the atheistic interpretation of reality behind evolutionary thinking, the reduction of human worth, and the idea that absolute right and wrong do not exist.
That is the pseudo-scientific consensus, you know, but the message I hear amidst the agony is the rejection of such nonsense. It is the outright denunciation of our supposed accidental emergence from some primordial slime, our mere physicality, as well as the inability to logically call anything absolutely evil.
From Newtown, then, emerged a protest against the philosophical norm and the foolish idea that we can eliminate God from reality and still retain our humanity. The massacre spawned the natural rejection of an only natural world. In fact, we denounced the kind of world in which such suffering, death, and the carnage we witnessed on December 14th, exist as logical parts of a purely natural world rather than the horrible intrusions caused by the fall of man that the Bible says they are. I hear the condemnation of a worldview whose only logical answer to such atrocities is a calloused and insulting, "c'est la vie" (say la vie) - "that's life."
Do you hear it now?
If so, then listen even closer and you will hear the Savior, God incarnate, the one whose birth we celebrate on the day we call Christmas, say to each person in pain, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).