The first news to hit my phone this morning was of the tragic killing of twelve innocent people at the Dark Knight premier.
The first thought to hit my brain was “Oh no…not again.”
In April of 1999, we were living in Cincinnati, Ohio. I remember sitting on the floor of our home in the Landen area, watching them carry bodies out of Columbine High School after Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had murdered so many of their classmates.
It’s an eery coincidence that these events took place within 20 miles of one another.
In the days following Columbine there was a frantic race to discover why these things happen. TV personalities pondered everything from drug use to the youth of America’s exposure to TeleTubbies.
The rational was that surely something external was responsible. Surely these boys had been driven to act – by bullying, by manipulation, by super secret fairy dust that wafted from the TV screen when MTV was played.
What we couldn’t fathom was that two kids actually had that act in them.
I am not discounting social issues, abuse, neglect or demonic activity in these incidents. Surely neither of these shootings happened in a vacuum. I’m simply fighting to remember that the human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked, per the prophet Jeremiah.
We are in a season of time when men and women, young and old, are under intense pressure.
- They are facing financial difficulties that have not been seen since their grand parents or great grandparents day and facing them while being pressed to meet televised, unrealistic, digitally-enhanced expectations. They feel they have little in a world that tells them that others have everything.
- They are constantly exposed to a culture that says you can be famous for being famous and the circumstances under which you achieve that fame are irrelevant. (Charlie Sheen, Paris Hilton, etc…).
- They are bearing this load with a social framework that has had most vestiges of God removed.
None of these symptoms of societal ill caused these shootings, but they applied pressure to the souls of men, and when under enough pressure, the contents of a container will come out.
Given a Biblical world view to start from, the question should not be ‘why has this happened’ but rather ‘why has it not happened until now’ and ‘how many more of these situations are out there, waiting to be triggered?
Regrettably, I think many.
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