Last night’s horrific events in Aurora, Colorado should give us all pause. We need to reaffirm our love of family and cherish those we hold dear. Our lives can change in an instant, through no fault of our own. It could be due to a careless drunk driver, a sinister combatant in Afghanistan, or a willful, homicidal maniac in our very own neighborhood!
Life is full of joy, as God intended, and yet so full of sorrow. The sorrow is a consequence to the gift of joy, but God also made us a promise that we would be forever reunited with our loved ones in Paradise.
As we wrestle with the consequence of mortality, we must be mindful of God’s eternity. Through the horrible acts of deranged man, we should be reminded of the futility in attempting to create a perfect world. The perfect world is beyond our human capabilities and only manifested in the eternal joy of Paradise.
I am troubled by the attempt to paint our human lives as the end-all, in an attempt to capture political gain. I truly believe human life is not the end-all and resist the temptation of a man made utopia, as if God and His promises do not exist. We are tempted and encouraged to think otherwise by countless politicians, movie producers and journalists. We must resist this temptation and recognize that our time on this earth is short, by God’s design.
Who now can imagine the horrors of The Civil War, when countless young men were cut down in battle, denying their families the longevity of their family line? As a vibrant society, we benefit from everyone’s sacrifice and move forward in an attempt to do better and prosper. We should not forget past sacrifices and, instead, honor them! Those countless sacrifices made this country the envy of the world, but we now seem to have forgotten them and are suffering the consequences of aimless direction.
Thus are the lessons to be learned by today’s tragedy in Colorado. From our current perspective, we just can’t make sense of it. Over time, however, we WILL persevere and God’s loving hand will guide us to bigger and better things, if we just believe.
Evil will always exist in our human world and it has a name. Its name is Satan, the devil. The devil will never go away as long as we toil as human beings and refuse to recognize its existence.
We just have to believe and respond accordingly.
Cross-posted from RodericDeane.com