America reels at the news from the Blue Ridge Mountains. A beautiful, peaceful campus is shattered by two violent incidents of shooting.
This leaves us asking “Why?” and “What can I do about it?” On the question of “why,” it’s both very complex and very simple at the same time. There is so much anger in our world. People are very absorbed in their own dramas and nurse a sense of grievance day after day. Christians should not be surprised. The Lord Jesus told people shortly before he was put to death by violence, “The love of most will grow cold.” As the centuries unfold in the New Testament era, the love of most people will grow cold. Love treats other people with tenderness, respect, and cherishes them as fellow creatures of God designed by Him and loved and redeemed by Christ. Even people with whom we disagree, or people who have done us an injury, we don’t hate. The Lord Jesus said, “Love your enemies.”
But every decade that rolls on, there will be less and less love. That truly is one of the signs of the coming of the end. That true, respectful, gentle, kind treatment of other human beings will be on the wane. The example of what we have in Virginia is what all of the Middle East is going through right now. People who are so into their own agendas view other people as pawns in their play. This will not change. The love of most will continue to grow cold.
The Christian response is to cherish and embrace Jesus’ unconditional love for us. Seek to practice that love in a violent and dangerous world. Be homesick and hungry for the world of peace that Jesus has promised to all that have faith in him.