Syed Farook was living the “American dream.” According to one report, the government paid him more than $70K a year, plus full benefits. He was allowed to leave work in the middle of the day for prayer. He was allowed a month off with pay to visit Saudi Arabia earlier this year. His wife and he were given a baby shower by their co-workers – the same co-workers he shot and killed during a holiday party in San Bernardino.
I’m amazed at the reticence in some quarters to highlight the dangers of radical Islamic terrorism, even when it is staring them in the face. I’m also amazed at where the blame is retargeted… in this case, at some of the presidential candidates who offered sentiments of prayer. Mocking certain candidates who called for prayer, the NY Daily News proudly headlined, “God isn’t fixing this.” The implication is that candidates are invoking prayer when they should be promoting tougher gun laws.
The weapons Syed Farook used are already illegal in the state of California. Would more gun laws deter such vicious acts? I’m not so sure.
On the other hand, taunting God for the sins of man is nothing new. The greatest terrorist act in human history occurred when the only perfect person who ever lived was tortured and crucified for the rest of us. Some of his opponents lashed out at him in the same way the NY Daily News lashes out at God. They said in mockery, “Come down from the cross and save yourself!”
God doesn’t fix things the way human beings think they should be fixed. He allows evil to occur, with terrible consequences. But by allowing his Son to die a horrible death on behalf of all of us, he did provide a solution to anyone who chooses to take advantage of it:
- Our sins can be washed away in the blood of Christ
- Evil people can become righteous and godly
- Despair can be turned into hope
- Heaven can be our home, even when we do not deserve to go
Although we live in a world of injustice and tragedy, a great promise awaits: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 22:4). What a promise! And all this because the greatest crime in human history served a higher purpose.
This is the ultimate fix that God provides.