We all want to know “why”. Why did a brilliant young man barge into a theater and murder people he didn’t even know? People he wasn’t even mad at?
And I know there have been some great articles expounding on this tragedy, so I don’t mean to belabor the point, but still, there are things to think about.
Someone said, “why not“? We all have the wretchedness of sin and violence seething in our blood, and were it not for the grace of God that restrains us, we could be that man.
Violence is as old as the world, with the very first sibling group demonstrating it.
But this was so random, so un-provoked. That’s what bothers us the most, isn’t it?
But few of us want to admit that first, we “teach our children”, (broadly implied), that murder is justified by our own determination. We are a people who has, after all, legalized it. “Her choice” makes it acceptable to take another human life. Her “justification” makes it alright. Or “rape” makes it alright. Or or certain level of hardship…in the end, it’s what we think that makes it right or wrong.
Then, we glorify the violence and act aghast when it becomes real.
And finally, my deepest heartache, we submit to an “education” that we KNOW teaches them there is no God, and therefore no intrinsic value or purpose to individual life; to an education devoid of the fear of the Lord and the accompanying wisdom.
It’s random–what else could it be, our lives–and there isn’t a definitive “right or wrong”. If we get to make the call, how can we really be surprised by a violence that just happens to not make sense to us?
I’m not trying to make some connection between the Aurora tragedy and these things, per se. But shouldn’t it cause us intense pause?