Welcome to a somber and shortened version of Saturday Ramblings. As of this writing on Friday night, the death toll in the Aurora, Colorado shootings stands at 12, with more than 50 wounded. This just doesn’t seem to me to be a good day to poke fun at Joel Osteen, Ed Young Jr., or any other clowns in the evangelical circus.
I started the day yesterday early as I had to drive to Wichita for some training. I listened to reports from Colorado detailing the shooting spree at a theatre where the latest Batman movie was premiering. I was listening to one of my favorite radio stations, WLW from Cincinnati, though I knew what would be coming. The talk show host could not resist talking about what might have been if only Colorado would allow conceal-and-carry. Later, as I read thru the news from various web sites, I read many others calling for tighter gun control. ABC News was quick to tie the shooter to the Tea Party; too quick, as it turned out. It wasn’t true, and they had to issue an apology. Not that that would put the rabbit back in the hat, though.
In this world, senseless violence and tragic events occur at an all-too frequent pace. Last Saturday in my hometown of Tulsa, a man walked out of a Best Buy into a hailstorm of bullets. Eight struck the man. A ninth broke through the store’s front window and ended in the chest of Wesley Brown, a good man who was picking out a movie with his ten-year-old daughter. Two men dead. One a retaliation for another gang killing, the other “collateral damage,” as the alleged shooter called it.
Senseless violence has been a part of our world since the fall. That is not an excuse, nor even an explanation. And it sure as hell doesn’t help those who lost loved ones in Aurora, Colorado or lost a husband and father inside a Tulsa Best Buy this week. All I can say is love is the answer to any and all questions. Not my love or your love. God’s love. And his love is unlike our love. We think of love as being something to make us happy or make us feel good inside. God’s love is totally other than what we have ever encountered. His love for this world is so beyond what we can imagine, there is no way to even begin describing it. And when we do try to put his love in a picture frame and say “There it is”, we always leave out much of who Love Is.
Love Is. God Is Love. Therefore, Love Is. When we encounter hate and terror and destruction of lives, it is hard to reconcile it all with a simple “God is love,” but there is nothing more than that.