A Response to Tragedy: Aurora, Colorado

I wanted to do an analysis of The Dark Knight Rises here, but in light of the tragic shootings that occurred last night during this movie in Aurora, Colorado, it doesn’t seem right to do so. It will have to be for another day.

I didn’t get in until 0400 this morning, so when the wife woke me up to tell me about what happened, I didn’t fully absorb it. Now that I’m a little more awake, my heart is breaking, not only for the victims who needlessly lost their lives in this tragedy, but also for the attacker, and for what I fear is going to be a massive storm of hatred and vengeance visited upon him. Many lives are ruined by his actions, including his own.

Therefore, before the shock of this tragedy wears off, and we begin our rabbling for vengeance, or our exploitation of the events to support political opinion, I implore you, what few readers I have, to remember the following:

1) Pray fervently for the victims and the families. Mourn with them, even if you have absolutely no reason to do so. In doing this, you are embodying the very likeness of the living God.

2) Seek justice, not vengeance. Already, my Facebook feed is filling with posts of hatred and anger toward the shooter for his actions, and it doesn’t take a genius to know that this man will likely receive little to no mercy. Do not forget the law, but withhold cries for vengeance, or an eye for an eye, for such things are not just.

3) Once you have grieved, once you have mourned, work tireless to end these needless tragedies that happen the world over every day. Tragedy is absent from our sight until it happens in our backyard, a sign of blind ignorance in our population. What we don’t know is that the power rests with us to change it. I don’t care what the cynics say. I don’t care about the height of the mountain before us; we can surmount it, or even move it. This is a time for mourning followed by action.

See you Monday.

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2 thoughts on “A Response to Tragedy: Aurora, Colorado

  1. The easy response is to see evil as outside of ourselves and send the scapegoat out to the wilderness. In our rhetoric, that response is automatic for too many of us; you’re right we should pray for the victims AND the shooter.

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