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How Do We Rightly Respond?

April 18, 2007

I thought this post by Denny Burk, which examines how the media and popular culture has responded to the Virginia Tech Massacre, was helpful.  I appreciated the list of questions that we ought to be asking rather than the ones that have been asked:

I suspect that the rush to blame is a rush to judgment and that it’s too soon to be making such accusations at this point. Yet this rush to blame, the visceral desire to hold someone accountable, does reveal the innate sense that all people have that things have gone terribly wrong and that they need to be set right. In other words, the rush to blame represents people’s inner desire to see justice.  This public cry for justice presents Christians with a unique opportunity for gospel witness. After all, only the gospel gives answers to the deepest questions raised by the shootings, and the deepest questions have nothing to do with gun laws or shortsighted college administrators. The important questions include, (1) Why is there evil in the world? (2) How do people like Cho become capable of such heinous evil? (3) Where was God during the massacre? (4) Who’s going to make this right? (5) Who will care for the broken-hearted who were left behind? These are important questions. Indeed they are ultimate questions, and arguments about gun laws and about who’s to blame won’t answer any of them.

You can read the whole post here.

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