A Few Thoughts

As I write this, the United States is struggling to comprehend two recent mass shootings. In one case the killer’s motives are clear – he left a manifesto full of white supremacist ideas an anti-immigrant rhetoric. He killed people purposely and targeted innocent strangers for the color of their skin and their country of origin. The second shooting does not have a clear intended victim group or clear motivation. The killer seemed to be leftist-leaning, but didn’t have the usual tirades or statements of intent. And he killed his own sister. His own sister…

Many are quick to say that these shootings are both the result of mentally ill men gaining access to weapons and taking out their anger and hatred on the world. I’m not so quick to agree that they are, or were, mentally ill. I think we’re in danger of forgetting that evil exists entirely on it’s own. To state that the killers were mentally ill is a jump to conclusions that can do real damage to those struggling with mental illness.

All of us, every last human, is capable of evil acts. The right motivation and rationalization is all that’s needed for a ‘nice guy’ ‘good neighbor or ‘quiet kid’ to act out in horrifying ways. This is a fallen world. Without the Grace of God, we’re capable of great evil. I think we’re too quick to dismiss that and instead look to a reasonable explanation that we can tolerate, one we can fix. We can’t fix evil.

We need Jesus. I’d argue that we also need to ban semi-automatic weapons, but I get that many of you might not agree. And let me be clear that when I say we need Jesus, I mean the Gospel, not school-mandated prayer or more public monuments to Christianity, or flag waving preachers. We need to divest ourselves of political ‘christianity’ and preach the real thing. We need to reach those jaded by faux faith. We need to share the Truth with our friends and neighbors, our colleagues at work. For God so loved the entire world that he gave his only son so that any human on earth in any country can believe in Him, repent of their sin, put their faith in Him, be forgiven and have eternal life.

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