This was an immediate reaction and it demonstrates a HUGE lack of wisdom on his part. Sickly, it showed his desire to push politics--calling the left "godless" for example--rather than demonstrate empathy and leadership.
First, let me say I actually DO NOT think Sandy Hook can be blamed on God.
If people want to ask where God was or how He let it happened or just be angry in general, I understand. And you know what, so does God. He is big enough for all of our emotions and that includes the ones that are angry with injustice and confusion.
But I don't think God compelled that young man to commit this heinous act. I believe the reasons behind it were complex and deep.
If we really want to put this in perspective, I think we should ask if God was possibly there? If maybe He intervened? If the prayers of teachers covering children were heard and as a result, fewer people lost their lives than might have? Was God there in the first responders? Was He a part of the comforting hands that held relatives? Maybe, just maybe, God was there.
Here is where Huckabee got it all wrong. He believes we've removed God from society.
To be sure, we teach evolution and scoff and creation and Christmas carols aren't widely sung at programs, and prayer isn't mandatory. Broadway shows and cartoons are blasphemous. More people than not are leaving the church. God is becoming less important to people and society.
BUT WE CAN'T REMOVE GOD FROM SOCIETY!
We can ignore Him. We can disobey Him. We can not remove Him.
Now, if you don't believe in God then the rest of this won't be persuasive and you can go to a new blog now.
But if you are a believer and you believe the Bible then please, read what the WORD has to say about where God is.
Matthew 1:23--They will call him Immanuel which means "GOD WITH US."
Deuteronomy 31:3--Be strong and courageous. Don not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Romans 8:39--Neither height nor depth, not anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 John 4:10--This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Listen dear friends, God is not surprised by the depravity of the world. He was not surprised when people rejected His Son and murdered Him on a cross and He is not surprised or removed by rejection now. No matter how deep we go, it is not so deep that God is not there still. No matter how much we (or society) reject God, the offense is not so strong that He stops loving us.
God's word is clear and true and we must fasten it to our hearts! God is WITH us. God is FOR us. God LOVES us. We CAN'T be separated from His Love.
Mike Huckabee was right--we can't blame God. But he was wrong too because we can't remove God from us. He is WITH us, indwelling WITHIN us, and THROUGH us He does good works.
This is a dark and scary world but do not let the darkness persuade you we can force light to flee.
A light shines in the darkness and darkness cannot remove it.
God with us.