Alex McFarland offered up the standard issue Christian right response to those who wonder why God didn’t prevent yet another mass shooting even though millions and millions of people are praying for peace every day. That answer, of course, is that we’ve kicked God out of everything and we don’t follow his commands anymore and that’s why he won’t protect us.
Right-wing Christian apologist Alex McFarland was on Dove TV’s “Focus Today” program yesterday to discuss the terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, California, earlier this week, which he blamed on abortion and gay marriage.
“People are saying, ‘Why didn’t God prevent this?'” McFarland stated, “Look, we’ve for 45 years told God to leave us alone. Fifty-seven to sixty million babies aborted, now our Supreme Court has deviated from natural law to case law and we’ve redefined marriage … God forgive us for the murder of the unborn, God forgive us for kicking prayer out of public schools, God forgive us for making sodomy mainstream and redefining marriage.”“The greatest sin of all is abortion in our nation,” he continued, “and the judgment of God only escalate until we turn to the Lord.”
Was there nothing tragic that happened to the country before abortion was legalized? Nothing tragic back when we were still treating gay people like lepers? Nothing tragic before we “kicked God out of schools” (I so hate that dishonest phrase)? So why didn’t God protect us back then, when we were supposedly more in line with his laws? The two worlds wars? The Civil War? The lynchings of black people? Slavery? God didn’t prevent any of those things and that was long before abortion and gay marriage were an issue. There’s just so much missing from this argument.
They’re missing the most obvious reason why God didn’t prevent those things. God has the greatest alibi ever: He doesn’t exist.