Jesus Fest Organizer Offers Commentary on Newtown

He offers "two macro-level answers."

To the Editor:

As we have watched, heard and read the intense 24/7 media coverage of the mind-boggling, heart-wrenching massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, two confounding questions have consistently arisen: why did Adam Lanza commit this horrific crime, and what do we do prevent similar tragedies in the future? In a society that is groping for clues to these perplexing questions, I would like to offer two macro-level answers.

WHY. I am aware that people can and do have mental illnesses. During my years at the University of Connecticut, I took many psychology courses and did volunteer work at Norwich State Hospital. For some, medical treatment and counseling are effective therapies. I would submit to you, however, that the depth of depravity in Lanza’s actions go far beyond mental illness. This depravity goes into the realm of demons and Satan.

In today’s culture, we have intellectualized and humanized evil, departing from the clear teachings and history of Judaism and Christianity going back thousands of years, to the beginning of civilization and mankind itself. For example, if you study the Book of Genesis, the Book of Job, or the Gospels, you will discover that demons and Satan are clearly identified as the sources of evil on earth. The answer to the “why” is spiritual: demons and Satan instigated Lanza to commit this crime and then kill himself. It may sound antiquated to some people, but it is nonetheless true. We must not be in modern-day denial concerning the origin of evil. We still have a spiritual adversary who seeks to harm and destroy us.

WHAT. For decades, many Americans have gradually removed God from their consciousness. Instead of the clear Judeo-Christian teachings and the abundant evidence of intelligent design, they have bought into the deceitful lies of evolution, agnosticism and atheism. If there is no Creator (or none who actively cares about us on earth today), then we are not accountable to a higher power. There are no absolute standards for right and wrong. The result is a society that unravels into a moral free-for-all. If there is no Creator, no soul, life after death, no heaven or hell, then we are free to live short-sighted, self-centered lives without concern, affection, and love for others.

Therefore, the answer to “what can we do to prevent similar tragedies in the future” is to bring God back into our consciousness, into our everyday lives, to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls and with all our minds, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. By God's Spirit dwelling within, we can overcome evil with good.

- Drew Crandall

Editor's Note: Drew Crandall is a business owner and ministry leader in Vernon and the primary organizer of Jesus Fest.

Bill Keane December 23, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I would respond by saying I have studied all of the sources you reference and I don't agree with many of the foundational statements you've made to substantiate your argument. The formula leading to what recently transpired is a young man beset by a high level disassociative illness mixed with access to a high power assault rifle. To be sure, there may have been other contributing factors, also easily explainable in earthly terms, but the ultimate catalyst of this catastrophe was a weapon loaded with ammunition designed to inflict maximum human casualties in a minimum of time. Bringing satan into it obscures the responsibility that God knows we all share in adjusting our laws so that unbridled rights to weaponry do not eliminate the God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »