It seems nearly every week there is another tragedy with people being killed senselessly. There are two questions the media repeats over and over as they report the same thing for 48 hours:
1) Why did this happen?
2) What can we do stop tragedies like this in the future?
These questions are not that difficult to answer.
1) Because people are sinners and do dumb stuff.
But I understand these answers are not at all consoling. They don’t feed enough of our conspiratorial brains and are too bluntly true and obvious, which no one wants. Instead, we seem to like these answers best:
1) Because that group you hate (Muslims, right-wingers, environmentalists, Yankees fans, etc) is filled with hateful people and they, no doubt, did it because they are so hateful, which makes your hate virtuous. What we do know is that the people who did this are evil and we are not and we’d like you to go along with that.
2) If people ban together, educate themselves, get on the right drugs, pass the right laws, prosecute all groups that we hate, vote for my candidate for president, or any other number of proposed solutions to all societies evils, we can indeed undo death and sin.
Seems to me, based on my observance of media, this is how we want these questions answered. We truly want to believe there are innocent people and if we enforce laws right we can completely obliterate sin.
The only answer to eliminating death and tragedy is for Jesus Christ to return, let His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. There is no other answer.
I don’t mean this as in–people need to go to Church. Nope, even if all America went to church there would still be tragedy and death.
What I mean is actually residing in the Kingdom of God, where there is no more curse, where man’s sin has been eliminated and dealt with fully.
Until then, there will be death and tragedy, as much of a bummer as that is, this is our world, the one we’ve devolved into.
I know this is hopeless and all good Christians reform the world, but hey, call me a bad Christian if you want, but it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgment.
I can’t eliminate tragedy, death or sin, but I can help you get ready for your own death and judgment. That should be our main concern–readying ourselves and others to stand before God.
Cliched answer? Probably, but it’s the only one that makes sense to me. This world stinks; it’s why we need a new one. I can’t wait.