Why Does Tragedy Strike?

I wasn’t going to comment on the events of last Friday because so many have. So, why have I decided to blog on the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary? There have been many people asking a form of this question, “Why did this happen?” This is a question that has been asked many times, in many situations. When Hitler perpetrated his crimes, people asked the same question. Kony’s reign of terror in Uganda still elicits this question. At the end of the day, Christians need to answer this question with honesty. And the honest answer should strike fear to the hearts and minds of everyone. The answer to why these atrocities happen is:

The heart is deceitful above all things,

and desperately sick;

who can understand it? -Jeremiah 17:9

The reason tragedies, like the one in Connecticut, happen is because the everyone has a heart that lies to them. Everyone’s heart tells them that they need something that they actually don’t need. Everyone’s heart tells them that somethings are right when they are actually wrong. The human heart is inherently deceitful. Not only is the heart a liar, it is “desperately sick”. “Sick” could also be translated as wicked. The human heart is deceitful and extremely sinful. This condition of the human heart is why tragedies happen, and the most sinister part is that every person has this sinful heart.

You and I suffer from a wicked heart, and there is only one cure for a wicked heart…Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus is the only person who can cure us from our wickedness. Jesus is the answer to the question of how can I be cured from my wicked and deceitful heart. While tragedies will continue to happen, Jesus can cure you of your wicked heart. Romans 8: 1-4 says:

1  There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. 3  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, 4  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 

Though we have hearts like those who perpetrated the evil shown on December 14th, we can have our hearts transformed by Christ’s sacrifice. And one day, the perpetrators of sin will be judged justly for the evil in their hearts. Check out “When Justice Fails” for a deeper discussion of God’s justice in the light of evil.

When it is all said and done, those who are in Christ Jesus will be saved from wickedness, and those that aren’t will suffer the justice wrath of a holy God. I pray that God draws you to the truth of his son and sets you free from the bondage of your wickedness as he did for me!

Thanks for reading.


About Travis Berry

I am a blatantly honest person who loves to think, read, discuss, and write about God and theology. I have a bachelor's degree in Youth Ministry from Crown College. I work at a church in Houston, TX as a Youth Director and love every minute of it! I am married to a wonderful woman named Becky and we have one amazing child! I have a love for God's Word, and a fervor to live it out in the fullest, and I pray this blog reflects that. Thanks for checking out AnotherChristianBlog!.

Posted on December 17, 2012, in Christianity, Culture, Life, Theology and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
    Albert Einstein


    • I disagree with Einstein here, and so does the Bible.

      • So, you don’t think the world is a dangerous place to live right now?
        Who is doing anything about this?
        Please.maybe I am misunderstanding you.

      • Yes, I may have been unclear. The world is a dangerous place but it’s because people are sinful, not because people aren’t stopping others from committing crimes.

      • They won’t stop being sinful if committing the sin somehow rewards them. That is why people continue.
        In your reasoning, then we shouldn’t have the police to enforce laws. We shouldn’t have the Military to fight back for us when someone murders our people.

      • In my reasoning we shouldn’t have police? How does that follow? My logic applies to the reason why people do evil things. People commit evil because humans are inherently evil. We are all born under the headship of Adam, which means we are born into sin. It is not until we claim hold to the headship of Christ that our hearts are changed from darkness to light. That does not mean that governments should not apply laws justly to those that commit crimes. The Bible supports that.

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