Friday, July 20, 2012

Batman Theater Shooting

-This theater shooting has grieved me. I or any number of people that I know could have been at that movie.

-The shooter was studying to be a doctor. He looks like a normal guy.  He looks like me or one of my friends.  He doesn't look evil.  But maybe the human heart is evil.

-Psalms 64 
Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
    protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
    from the plots of evildoers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords
    and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
    they shoot suddenly, without fear.
They encourage each other in evil plans,
    they talk about hiding their snares;
    they say, “Who will see it[b]?”
They plot injustice and say,
    “We have devised a perfect plan!”
    Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.

-Is there any answer to this? Yes, a three step process.
    1. Matthew 5: 4  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 
-Mourn for the injured, the dead, and their families.  Mourn for this guys corrupt soul and a nation where these events seem common.
    2. Matthew 5: 6  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
-We desire that our country would be right.  A place where senseless violence is condemned in our homes,  schools, entertainment, and our organizations.  That this person will receive the justice from the law his actions deserve.  Ask the questions, what causes this type of violence?  Seek real answers.Don't bury ourselves in our opinions and refuse to hear all reasons.   And we repent as a nation that these events occur at all.   
    3. Matthew 5: 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 
-This may be the hardest one.  Because I don't want to show mercy to this man.  My guess is this guy has a mother and a father who are shocked beyond reason today.  So God I pray for mercy.  Be merciful to every victim of this crime.  Have mercy on this man's soul.

1 comment:

Gloria said...

You hit the nail on the head with all of your comments and Scripture readings. Thank you for this insight. This is a terrible tragedy. People were just going out for a night of fun. Little did they know they would not come back home. Prayers to all affected and those of us safe today.