One hopes that the aftermath of this vicious shooting will not follow the pattern of past ones. That is: For a few days coverage will focus on “human stories” as details continue to emerge. After the shock subsides, the shootings will be fully politicized. This is to be expected in a rich land that worships the idol of politics, a land where the government expropriates massive amounts of money and spends more than 30% of GDP. Someone must do something! That something will involve a lot of taxpayer money and will not fix anything. It will probably make things worse.
Meanwhile a larger tragedy will occur: Christian leaders with evangelism opportunities will give bad answers to the “Why?” question on national TV. I’m still waiting to hear someone there connect such tragedies with Luke 13, to say that events like this are a small taste of coming judgment, to make the clarion call to repent and be ready.
Events like this underscore mortality and the eventual collapse of all houses built on sand. But for those who stand on the rock of Christ:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. -Psalm 46:1-7
I am praying for the families, but also for an uncompromising witness, especially for those who will reach wide audiences with their message.