When tragedies happen, people look to religious leaders to offer spiritual guidance and support.
After the Dec. 14 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut that resulted in the death of 28 people, four well-known religious leaders spoke out about the tragedy.
Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas appeared on several talk shows to discuss the mass shooting.
He explained that God gives everyone free will; however, all don’t use free will for good. He called the shooting a wake-up call.
“There is no guarantee of tomorrow, I wish there was, but it makes us all realize, even as a nation, how fragile life really is, and every day are we taking time to tell the people we love how much we love them and taking the time for what matters most.”
Pastor T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas went on MSNBC’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” to say that he believes now is an important time for Americans to come together.
“We all have to be watchmen on the wall, and answer the great question of the Scriptures: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?'”
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California and author of “The Purpose Driven Life” suggested that a lot led up to the incident, but at the end of the day, free will is both humankind’s greatest blessing and curse.
“There is also this culture of violence. Kids are being raised, by the time they are 20, they have shot 20-30,000 people in video games, and that’s entertainment. And then there’s the spiritual issue. When people’s lives are empty, when they don’t know the meaning and purpose of life, when they don’t know the difference between right and wrong, these kind of things happen.”
Dr. James Dobson
Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said the massacre resulted from America turning its back on God. Speaking to listeners of his “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk” program, Dobson said God “has allowed judgment to fall upon us” because the nation has turned its back on him by accepting things like abortion and gay marriage.
Our country really does seem in complete disarray. I mean millions of people have decided that God doesn’t exist, or he’s irrelevant to me and we have killed fifty-four million babies and the institution of marriage is right on the verge of a complete redefinition. Believe me, that is going to have consequences too.
And a lot of these things are happening around us, and somebody is going to get mad at me for saying what I am about to say right now, but I am going to give you my honest opinion: I think we have turned our back on the Scripture and on God Almighty and I think he has allowed judgment to fall upon us. I think that’s what’s going on.