I notice the churches and people like Huckabee are not answering the "Where was God?" question when discussing the tragedy at the school in Connecticut, except to actually claim that God is working in people's actions. That almost sounds secular! They really are at a loss to explain 26 innocent children gunned down and no God came to the rescue.
What surprised me are the number of people who immediately gathered at a church in town right after the shootings for a service. If it were me, I think I would be at home mourning or with a couple of friends. I just don't think I could go sit in public, but that is not a criticism, just an observation that others mourn differently.
Of course, Mike Huckabee's claim that God is working through people who are helping the victims could pose a problem for him, because many atheists have given money and support. I think they are baffled why God did not protect little children.
Their other excuse, "God ignored the children and let them die because people took prayer out of the schools" fails. Any child can bring a Bible to class or pray individually in school - they just cannot let it distrupt school work or push their religion on others. It also shows a God much more childish than any spoiled brat could be, and much more vengeful than most people - and God does not have the problem of mental illness that the shooter had.
I see Christians post poems about the children becoming angels and flying over us to protect us, and that is just so offensive to me. What these posts do is take away the reality of the fact that children suffered and died because of guns and mental illness and violence, and these posts also give another security blanket for egotistical Christians who think the children's purpose is now to watch over them. Just how kids want to spend their time.
Additionally, I actually had a discussion with a self-proclaimed "prophet" who says the children went up to Heaven and now are being judged by God. So 6 year olds were shot, possibly slowly and painfully died, and God did nothing; now they have to stand before God and be deemed worthy enough to enter his kingdom? God might reject them and send them to Hell? Haven't they been through enough? Yes, like you, I found his proclamation absolutely despicable; yet the Prophet Christian thought it was totally acceptable from his loving God.
If their God does not help children, then what is their God for?
I read some words from a religious person, and they said, "If there were ever a time for faith, this is it."
I would say, "If there were ever a time to question why God never saves the day, this is it."
Anyone else sick of the word, "Faith?" That empty word of invisible non-action.