The Way of Death

Alas, it is difficult to absorb, but another massacre has been perpetrated in the United States:  This time a troubled 26 year old father, dishonorably discharged from the Air Force, walked into a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during their Sunday service, killing at least 26 people, including children, and the pastor’s teenage daughter, as well as wounding many more.

The alleged killer, was stopped by an as-yet unnamed hero, who shot him through a gap in his body armour (yes, body armour).  The same alleged killer tried to flee in his car, but was followed by the same hero. All we know for now is that the killer was found eventually found dead in his vehicle, after it careened off the road.

So a gun kills, and a gun saves. Whatever one’s position on the level of ‘control’ required of weapons, the gun itself is not the essence of the problem (although like any tool it may exacerbate and facilitate evil).  Rather, the root of the evil is the deviant and sometimes demonic soul of man, which resists goodness, truth and right reason, and follows the path of death and destruction.

As Moses, speaking for God, declared in the book of Deuteronomy: We are all facing a choice before us, the way or life, or the way of death.  Choose life, therefore, that you and your descendants may live. Alas, we, in more ways than such massacres such as this, through abortion, euthanasia, suicide, are venturing down the dark path. I will have more to say on this in a bit.

In the meantime, may God welcome the souls of all the victims of this tragedy, provide comfort to the sorrowing, and speedy healing to the wounded.