Again our nation is struck with tragedy that defies the imagination. Today I am sharing some thoughts that I have. They don’t touch on a lot but they express what has been on my mind since this tragedy unfolded. Allan
Last week our nation was grabbed by the neck and shaken as we learned of the mass killings in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Twelve people were killed and dozens more were injured.
News coverage of this tragedy was wall to wall as we tried to come to grips with how something so evil could take place as people left the realities of the real world to spend a few hours watching a movie. No one could have seen what was coming and as we mourn for the victims a nation is asking why.
I’ll be honest and say up front that I don’t know. I’m sure you have your own thoughts and have read or heard the thoughts of various experts as they seek to make sense of this tragedy. I wonder if making sense of this is even possible.
I would like to comment on a few things that I believe are important and relate to the presence of this blog.
This tragedy will present a ripple effect as time moves on. Those who were in the theater and survived undoubtedly have a very difficult road ahead of them as they heal both physically and emotionally.
Some in the theater are alive because someone literally sacrificed their life in protecting them from the onslaught of flying bullets. Others have burned into their minds the things that they heard and saw as this tragedy unfolded. First responders can’t help but be impacted by something they were never prepared to witness. Family members and loved ones of the victims had to first wait for news on their loved ones and then are now going to have to live their lives with the news they received. Children who saw the news may be afraid to go back into a movie theater.
I have posted many articles through the years on the impact of tragedies like this have on the survivors. Be it a tsunami, a large earthquake, a veteran returning home from the middle east, or a victim of sexual abuse these unfortunate victims will need help in regaining some sense of normalcy in their lives.
As history has proven these victims are going to need some sort of emotional support to in moving forward. That support can come in any number of ways but one of those ways is professional help.
Other ways will be talking with friends and loved ones, sitting down with someone on staff at church to stand by you as people seek to understand things from a spiritual point of view. And when it comes to professional help some may require medication as their symptoms are so severe.
Thankfully these are things that are available to us and we as a society must do all we can to help heal the physical and emotional wounds that so many have been experienced. There is no one protocol that will address the needs of everyone.
As Christians we are not excluded from the things I have described above. We should not let others tell us we are or condemn ourselves because we aren’t.
I wouldn’t know what to say to the believers who have lost loved ones in unspeakable ways while at the same time there were believers who came through the same tragedy unscathed. I simply don’t know the mind of God in these matters and to presume I did would be the height of arrogance.
So what are we left with? We are left with one another to operate as the body of Christ ought to. Rejoice with those who rejoice and hurt with those who hurt.
We have the eternal truths contained in God’s word to seek comfort from. We have God Himself who indwells us via the person of His Holy Spirit. We have a God we can pour our complaints to as have all the saints of old knowing that He hears us. And we cling to whatever faith we have knowing our God is not a respecter of persons.
As I have done so often in the past I leave you this from the book of Romans.
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword ? 36 Just as it is written, “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED.” 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.