I heard about it in my German class, as my warm and quirky German teacher lamented the blurring of right and wrong in our culture before we moved to the genitive case of German grammar. I had to hold back the tears. In my car ride to go help out at my church (we just got a building and were getting chairs so they needed grunts to haul stuff in, I fit the grunt description quite well it seems) I flipped through all the talk radio stations to hear what was being said about this horrible event. Rush was making fun of Hillary and Obama, another channel was seriously discussing the Milwaukee Bucks future and the 2008 season, another host was about to begin his show coming on with "The Electric Slide" as his intro...I found nothing talking about this issue.
At least 33 people died today one of whom was the gunmen who took his own life to avoid the only consequences for his actions he thought possible. In class as I listened to my classmates try to give answers as to "WHY" these things have been happening more and more all we were left with was frustration and confusion. Some suggested psychology as a solution, if only we could help people become more "stable" then these things wouldn't happen...that is the problem we are psychologically unstable psychology has the answers for our culture's moral vacuum.
I read on the Internet peoples reaction to this, many are calling for a banning on gun ownership. We need to get rid of all the guns then this stuff will stop happening. Others are suggesting having more guns as a solution, if more people had guns the less damage one guy on a rampage could accomplish. Nonetheless 33 people are dead today.
I don't have any societal plans for action, I don't think it matters what the investigation turns up about what kind of music this man listened to. Over the next few months we will hear numerous answers for "WHY?" some will say "The NRA! Get rid of Guns!" Others will say "Counseling! This young man needed some psychological counseling!" Others will say "It was the music he listened to! Ban Eminem!" Others will say, "Why wern't there metal detectors? Where were the cops?!" Others will say "It's that Grand Theft Auto game! He's just acting it out!" I think all of these are merely symptoms and surface, they are not the real issue.
What I know is that our culture is lost. That means individual people who make up the culture are lost. Honestly I want to put forward what I think is the real question we should be asking a lost culture. The question is not "Why do these things happen?" But rather "Why not?"
At least 33 people were murdered for seemingly no reason whatsoever, and the man turned the gun on himself to end the rampage. He did so acting on his worldview, there would be no consequence for his actions. BANG. And the rampage ended.
We need to honestly ask, will that man ever reckon for what he did today? If no, then the question "Why Not?" remains. Were the beings he killed anything other than animals, just evolved biological machines, if that is all that humans are, then "Why Not?"
The answer I have to this crisis is simple, Jesus Christ of the Bible and the Christian worldview. Based on this we know why those people who died today had value, they were not just biological machines, blobs of tissue with no value. These were people made in the likeness of God, they were valuable. That is why this is tragic.
Also, this man will reckon for what has done. Shooting himself was not an escape from consequences for his actions. He will stand before his Maker to give an account.
These simple reasons explain why this is tragic and why we should weep over the culture. People have by and large rejected these truths, and are left with blank surface replies to the moral dilemmas of our day. There is a complete moral crises in our day. It is nothing short of a crises when people will go on rampages and then take their own lives thinking not only that they have done nothing wrong, but also that they are escaping the consequences. This is the fruit of a society that is in moral decay.
Honestly ask people why this was wrong, you won't find any real answers. And it is men like the "rampaging nut" who are acting on this moral vacuum, he is the consistent one.
I want to be short, but this is the note I want to end on, one of sorrow. At least 33 people are dead, 33 people whose lives had value and meaning were snuffed out in a senseless rampage. Also sorrow over the lightness at which we deal with these things, sorrow over the coldness at which people can look at these events....I mean people are already criticizing the NRA for crying out loud! Also I would not leave us with just sorrow but the answers that Christianity gives to us. We know why this act was wrong, we know why the victims lives had value, and we know that this man has not escaped justice.