Why? It is a question to which the answers are unending. Why did twenty children have to die? Because a mentally unstable young man decided to kill and in a free society we could not stop him?
But why? Do you want the truth? Truth can give us the answer but too often the truth that will change people's lives is truth they often don't want to hear.
The prophet Isaiah in the Old Testament makes and observation for our time. "Truth has fallen from the public square." Here is the truth! From Samuel Adams to Patrick Henry to Benjamin Franklin to Alexander Hamilton all the founding fathers intended for Christianity to provide a moral anchor for our liberty. John Adams eloquently acknowledged the understanding of the founding fathers when in 1798 he wrote: "We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and (Christianity)...Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people, it is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." We as a nation have removed both morality and Christianity from education and the public square. It is unbelievably tragic when children die but we allow thousands to die yearly and call it a woman's right to choose. We flood the airwaves with foul language, pornography, violent video games and call it freedom of speech. What morality and Christianity call perversion we celebrate as gay pride. Have we gone so far that we no longer can distinguish between right and wrong? I believe it was Billy Graham who once said that if God does not punish America for her sins then He will have to apologise to Sodom.
Without truth wickedness prevails and evil has no boundaries. The truth is we still reap what we sow. And what we are currently reaping is the result of a society without God! The psalmist wrote: "Teach me your ways O Lord, that I may live according to your truth."
PS. Ran across an excellent quote to be passed along to anyone but especially leaders and politicians: "Keeping rules is all right as far as it goes, but the real problem in the last generation is that we've lost the sense that character matters; that integrity matters. The system is only really healthy when the people who are running it are people you can trust to do the right thing, not because there are rules but because that's the sort of people they are." (After You Believe by N. T. Wright p. 10)