Shooters killed 14 people (and wounded 21) in San Bernardino, California, just minutes from where I used to live and work, and where I still have friends. I’ve been trying to process this latest outrage ever since it broke on the evening news.
The killers were radicalized Muslims. Whether they had ties to the Islamic State or an affiliate terrorist group is not known, but multiple such “small” attacks are part of ISIL’s master plan. Deluded despots (Adolf Hitler, Osama bin Laden, and now apparently Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) often come to believe they can draw the world into war with them, and win. They won’t.
Physical death is not the ultimate evil. Spiritual death is. I’m praying for those affected (including the families of the shooters) that God — not the false god of hate spewing puppets, but the true God, “the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) — will enfold them in His love and grant them a glimpse of a future that holds no pain and knows no end.
One that no shooter can ever alter.
“O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?”
~1 Corinthians 15:55