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IN THEORY:Making sense of massacre

April 28, 2007

What are your thoughts on dealing with the tragedy we saw recently at Virginia Tech? How do we make sense of the violence in this world? And how do you deal with the question of "Why?" Why did God let this happen?

We live in a magnificent, yet dangerous, world. As if it weren't dangerous enough, we continually tempt fate, risk our lives and toy with death. We fly supersonic, Mach-speed planes directly at one another for the crowds, taunt alligators and stingrays to get ratings, and jump off cliffs, platforms and out of aircraft with nylon sheets or rubber bands and hope we don't splat onto the ground.

Our favorite movies include serial murder and technological mayhem and our sports are best when someone's brain collides within their skull earning a knockout for the champ. Our neighbors hate us to death, so we buy guns and form armies to protect ourselves but we never know when we'll have to use them or when they'll be used on us. Men get women pregnant without the benefit of marriage, so doctors are employed to kill their conceptions for an agreed price.

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We don't really guard our borders, so just about anyone can come traipsing across with their foreign predilections, and we're surprised when they act them out. This is our country. Anyone want to change anything? If someone objects, or cries a warning, it goes unheeded as the crowd shouts them down. "Don't hinder our freedom," they howl, as freedom turns to license and our culture goes deeper into the abyss. I find it sadly amusing how those who are always first to point fingers into God's face and accusingly demand an answer for why He would let evil occur, hardly concern themselves with Him at any other time. God tells us that someday we'll all give an accounting, and there will be no finger pointing. It will be God asking the questions, and He will knowingly inquire, "Why did you cause it to happen?"

"Death spread to all because all have sinned" (Romans 5:12).

THE REV. BRYAN GRIEM

Senior Pastor

MontroseCommunityChurch.org

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