The Dark Knight Massacre

20 Jul

Last night just after midnight, the unimaginable happened.  A gunman by the name of James Holmes kicked open the emergency exit of an Aurora, Co movie theater and threw some sort of smoke bombs or tear gas into the crowded room and then began to act on purely evil adrenaline.  He went on to shoot 71 people and killed at least 12.

Today, our nation is unified.  The President and Gov. Romney are unified.  Congress agrees.  Americans ALL stand with the victims of this senseless act of violence.  But in a day or two, that will all change.  Everyone will have a theory.  Holmes’ mother will be besieged and questioned and ridiculed.  The anti-gun crusaders will blame this on weapons.  Many Christians will call for prayer.  And atheists will insist that God is kept out of the public forum.

I don’t know what you believe, but I would bet that you would agree with me that we have a big problem.  These acts of violence are on the rise.  And with each act, we feel less secure than ever.  Even Lebron James is worried.  Earlier today, he tweeted: @KingJames “so u telling me I can’t even feel safe at the movies now?!?  SMH.  My prayers go out to all the families involved in Aurora, Colorado.”

Lebron is right.  Evil isn’t hiding out in the darkness anymore.  It is attacking schools, churches, movie theaters and fast food restaurants.  No place is safe and nothing is off-limits.

I want to go back to the times of my childhood.  Remember when we played games of tag, and we were about to be caught, but at the last second, we reached “base?”  It was glorious to have a place that was safe.  Beyond the reach of our opponent.  We could breathe and prepare ourselves for the next challenge.

Today, I don’t have any great answers…but I do know that the psalmist believed in the protection of God when he wrote this: Psalm 61: 1-3~

Hear my cry, O God;
listen to my prayer.

From the ends of the earth I call to you,
I call as my heart grows faint;
lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
For you have been my refuge,
a strong tower against the foe.

Lord, we need you.  Today, I ask for you to pour out your comfort and protection on all of the victims of the massacre in Aurora last night.  Be their refuge.  You are greater than evil.  AMEN.

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6 Responses to “The Dark Knight Massacre”

  1. Barbara Roberts July 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Neil, this Youtube video might relate a lot to this issue. But I want to note that the masculinity crisis, while being connected with the absent dads phenomenon, is not primarily due to wives abandoning marriages for no reason, it’s to do with men abusing their wives so the wives leave for their own safety.

    • Neil Schori July 24, 2012 at 10:43 am #

      Wives who leave their abusers always leave with good reason!

  2. Barbara Roberts July 20, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Oops, forgot to add the link to the video:

  3. Morven R. Baker July 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm #

    Thank you for a fine article, Neil. I cannot even begin to comprehend how the families of these dead children, kids just being kids and going to the movies, are feeling tonight. I pray there are Christians there who are being the hands & feet of Jesus to them tonight.

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