Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What can I say?


Until today I didn't hear about the shootings in Colorado Springs where five people, including a gunman, died in the attacks at New Life Church and at the Youth With a Mission missionary center in the Denver suburb of Arvada. Five others were wounded.
Please also have a look at this video from Persecution blog (I found out about this tragedy through Stacy L Harp's email newsletter).
My prayers are with the families of the victims and the relatives of the gunman. I feel upset and angry about yet another senseless act of violence, but I am too impressed by the testimonies of my brothers and sisters in Christ to stay angry about this. What can I say? Look at this video and you can see the love of Christ in action - no power from hell can overcome the grace of Jesus. We have an eternal perspective, we have a hope that will become reality. We have a Lord and Saviour who has overcome the world. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)
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2 comments:

David said...

Thanks for posting the video Paul. These shootings certainly, as you say, senseless. Although the story no longer makes headlines, we should remember in prayer all those who were injured or lost loved ones in this and other tragedies.

Carol L. Douglas said...

My feelings about this are divided, Paul.

I am of course unequivocally opposed to the cult of gun violence in the United States and mystified as to why it exists, except of course that Satan roams the world. And my heart bleeds for the families of the victims of this tragedy (as with all the myriad victims of gun violence in my country).

However, I have reservations about YWAM and I don’t think this is a clear-cut case of psychopathy as other incidents have been. This is intuitive; I can’t tell you why; just wish to watch the situation unfold. And I could certainly be wrong since I have no evidence whatsoever to cite to you. But my prayers are also for the soul of the young murderer.