Why are people, in the face of tragedy and evil, compelled to make sense of it? We know that haunting question of “Why?” rarely finds a satisfying answer. And we cringe at ideologically driven and opportunistic answers and those who use tragedy to grind their axes.
The evil we witnessed in Friday’s shooting is ever-present in all societies and all times. The disorder we recognize in the action of James Holmes shows that we expect more from this world and the people in it. We might want to blame gun control or the lack of it; or secularism, or violent movies, or bullying. But as Alexander Solzhenitsyn said, evil is not “out there.” It’s in the human heart itself.
The explanation for this evil or that one, is not nearly as instructive as that for evil itself. The brokenness of the world is actually the brokenness of ourselves. Come quickly Lord Jesus. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.