Virginia Tech: A Biblical Response
Mr. Frank “Centuri0n” Turk has penned what must be the absolute best response to the Virginia Tech shootings that could possibly be given. I suggest you read it. Some excerpts:
Let me suggest something here that is not simply theology, proven by a first-grade Sunday school lesson in the book of Romans: let me suggest that man cannot stop doing this because these acts of violence are part of who we are.
When a disturbed kid guns done 30+ people and then takes his own life, we can see the extent to which men can be drawn to do what is wrong. But let’s be clear about something: everybody is drawn to do what is wrong because we see them as viable and useful options. Everyone may not go out to buy weapons in a premeditated way in order to commit some act of community violence, but we all do things which treat people like disposable plastic icons.
We don’t want to admit it, but the truth is this: we are really like this disturbed kid who shot up his college campus in type, even if it is not in degree.
So to ask the question, “Why does God allow?” has to go back to the issue of “What is God allowing?” The glib answer to the question is, “God is allowing evil deeds,” but in fact God is allowing us to prove that we are what He has said we are. God tells us we are sinners — and has provided the perfect Law to prove it to us. And in that, the solution God has on-tap is wrath against sin.
I don’t want to give away the ending, so I’ll just tell you to, as they say, read the whole thing.