“There is a tragedy that infects the human race: the same destiny awaits them all. Furthermore, their hearts are full of evil–madness festers in their hearts all their days. And then they die.” ~Ecclesiastes 9:3
I’m not a journalist, and I rarely respond in the heat of the moment. But what I was planning on posting suddenly seems terribly insignificant.
Last night, a man with no record of violence and no clear ideological views, stood at a 32nd story Las Vegas hotel window and rained death upon on a crowd of 22,000 concert-goers below. He had at least 23 firearms and shot perhaps 100 automatic rounds at a time, pausing briefly to reload before he resumed firing. Again and again. As of this moment, 59 are dead and well over 500 are injured. It is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
The Islamic State claims to have converted Stephen Paddock, 64, to their perverse brand of belief several months ago. But his brother says he was a passive man, with no strong convictions. Did that change?
When we fail to find what we’re meant to live for, the festering madness will sometimes emerge, offering something to kill for, instead.
What can we do? We can send our prayers and our blood. But most of all, we can live lives that rain life, not death, into the world.
“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and have it in all its fullness.” ~John 10:10