At the tumultuous noise peoples flee;
when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered,
(Isaiah 33:3 ESV)
This was the news that we awoke to early Friday morning:
A gunman barged into a crowded suburban Denver theater during a sold-out midnight screening of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” hurled two gas canisters and opened fire, killing 12 and injuring 58.
The number of casualties makes the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. The suspected gunman was identified as 24-year-old James Holmes, a native of San Diego. (from KABC, Colorado)
It happened a couple of states away, far from where I am but it hit close to my heart. I cannot imagine the disbelief then the panic of the people in theater 9 when they realized the sound of gunshot were not special effects, not make believe, but horrifyingly real.
As I processed all the events and watched the news, I felt disbelief, shock, then anger. Yes, anger. Anger at the sin that is taking over this world. Anger at the cause of it all, a very real Dark Knight, the father of murderers and liars, who uses a seemingly normal and very smart 24-year old man to do his dirty deed. The enemy, the dark knight. He is real. He is powerful. He is taking over every fabric of our society.
These are the days I long for Jesus to come back. We need Him now more than ever. In this world where darkness is overpowering and evil is all too real, we need to point people to the Light of the World. We don’t have all the answers but we know the One who does. For as much as there is real evil, there is also a very real God, merciful and gracious. There is also a very real Savior and Redeemer. He is mighty to save.
O LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you.
Be our arm every morning,
our salvation in the time of trouble. (Isaiah 33:2)
Enough of the darkness.
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]