Nothing in this blog is response material not yet said. It has been said many times. However, when these events happen, we need to respond. For our sake, for our church’s sake, for our children’s sake, and for God’s sake, we must respond.
In Virginia, a man named Vester Lee Flanigan is thought to be the culprit behind the shooting deaths of two news journalists. Alison Parker and Adam Ward were murdered during a live TV broadcast, and the suspect not only attempted to kill himself, but also was a disgruntled employee of the station.
Many in bad taste who lack respect have already turned this in to a gun control debate. That is not the purpose here. As Christians, the digging must be much deeper. There is an authority above the government: we as Christians don’t evaluate things through political pragmatism nor do we trust and rely on legislation to be god for us and address our problems. We should care and be involved in civil legislation, but our anthropology comes from revelation not Washington. Our hope is not in the many pens and signature lines of the collective, compromised conclusions of unbelieving congressman, but of the God who created all things.
The deeper level here than political policy is anthropology. In a secular world, where is our right to finger point? Once again, the image of God and His clear revelation to all people is bursting at the seems (Romans 1). Everyone who looks in at this story knows it to be awful and to be inherently immoral and wicked.
However, the dominating worldview of 21st century America is built upon the foundations of “don’t judge” and “morality is relative”. Thus, in order for anyone at all to call this situation what it is, evil, they need to step outside of their house-on-sand, and come barging in to the Christian one, just to let the door hit them on the way out.
Our public schools and universities are indoctrinating students with the theological belief that people are animals. We are random, accidental, star-dust, pond-scum, fish-gut, monkey bodies. We are nothing but flesh and bones and mostly water. We are nothing more than the ground we walk on. We are animals. We have an advanced accident in our skull called a brain which fires chemicals and neurons that force our fleshbots to do verbs. Yet, if that worldview were true, what foundation would left to get angry?
If we are simply animals, why do we get so upset when we begin acting like them?
A murderer is simply consistent with the worldview taught in the schools today. Above him is nothing but sky and nothing to fear and no one to answer to.
Our proper, emotional hurt and anger over these events are further evidenced in how all inherently know that human beings are much more than evolved star dust. It is evidenced that the mouths who speak about relative truth are fighting with hearts underneath. Everyone’s conscience is on the Christian’s side, and it is evident when we weep over these situations. If we are accidents with no transcendental value and purpose, and no immaterial seat of moral agency, why not kill?
However, for the Christian, we know that in all things a just God reigns. God is just in His decree and His judgments. Two people met their maker because of sin. Hopefully they were covered in the blood of Christ.
Their murderer will eventually follow. Hopefully he will be covered, because yes, the blood of Christ is gracious to save him too.
Jesus is Lord and He is just in all He does. We take great delight in that reality while suffering in the events of today.