Answer for Aurora

The news of the Colorado shooting yesterday saddened my heart so much. 59 people injured, 12 killed. How could someone destroy the lives of so many innocent people? Such evil is hard to comprehend.

The natural reaction to an atrocity like this is to propose ways of preventing it from ever happening again. Many urge increased gun control, but that is not the answer. Just ask one of my many relatives in law enforcement, and they will confirm that “disarming innocent people does not protect innocent people.” Used as weapons of self-defense, guns have saved countless–and I mean countless–lives over the years.

Others claim that graphic R-rated movies encourage such horrific behavior. I’m not a fan of those movies myself, and I believe we often allow ourselves to become desensitized to violence. But if you just peek into a book about the Wild West, you’ll read story after story of brutality, which happened long before R-rated movies hit the scene. The elimination of violent movies will almost certainly never happen, and I don’t believe that is the solution.

Only one answer is guaranteed to work. And that is Jesus. He is the Prince of Peace, the One Who helps us resist the Prince of Lies. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

I read stories from the Colorado shooting. The story of another Jessica, who said in her last blog post: “…Every moment we have to live our life is a blessing….Every second of every day is a gift.” The story of a Christian mom who escaped unharmed with her two daughters, who still says that she “absolutely, positively, unequivocally” believes in a merciful God. The story of homeschool graduate Petra Anderson, who was shot three times in her arm, once through her brain, and is now recovering after surgery.

I read the stories. I pray for the families of the 12 people who entered eternity Friday morning. I pray for the 59 others who were injured, that Jesus will heal them physically and spiritually. And I pray for all the other movie-watchers in that theater, the ones who will always remember that horrible night. I pray that God will heal their emotional wounds, and that He will use this tragedy to bring many of them to know His grace and love.

I also pray for James Holmes, that the Lord will convict him of the enormity of his sin, and that he will one day beg forgiveness from God, his Judge.

For God so loved the world–the people of Aurora, Colorado…and even James Holmes–that He sent His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not die, but have eternal life. 

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