Las Vegas – how do we understand such evil?

It’s been very interesting and devastating to read the media and listen to the media in light of the total, unexplainable massacre that took place in Las Vegas this past Sunday night.

59 people killed and over 520 people injured.

And people keep asking: “What is the motive? We need to know something to understand.”

Why is it that I never hear anyone say, “We live in a world where there is evil. We live in a world where people do unexplainable acts against other human beings.”?

We have this idealistic perspective that everything is good and that everything will be good, when that isn’t reality.

The Bible says:

“The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9

&

“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

The only time we begin to see a mind-shift, a heart-transformation, a behavioral-shift away from this wickedness is when we begin to see the redemptive value from a relationship with an all-love, all-knowing, all-forgiving God. Not everyone makes that decision.

So, as long as we have a world where people have choice and they can choose between good and evil, there will be wickedness and there will be acts that will never be able to be explained or understood by people trying to live a holy, moral life.

That being said, how do we respond when these atrocities happen? We respond in prayer, in empathy, in love and in not taking anything for granted.

If you feel led, you can also help the victims of Las Vegas by donating blood to the American Red Cross (we will be hosting a blood drive @ Venture on Oct. 27th).

Remember: We can’t always explain these horrible acts, but we can understand that every day is a gift and that we should make the most of it by recognizing the good in the world and praying fervently for the end of the evil.

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