Immediately after returning from a family mission trip in Asia, the news broke, in my hometown of Dallas, of the horrific acts of violence on the night of July 8, 2016. Within the past month, there were multiple shootings across America: Orlando, Minnesota, and Louisiana. However, this time, the shootings were directed at the people who swore to protect our lives and promote justice.
The wide range of public reactions were blasted all over social media. Moral questions sprang up such as these: What’s happening to our nation? Where is justice in all of this? Where is GOD? How can he let this happen?
We knew church services that weekend needed to help people understand how we should respond and manage our anger, grief, and posture towards God and others. How do we make sense of these senseless murders with a Christian Worldview?
In clamorous times like these, we should always look to Scripture for wisdom. For me, these scriptures come to mind in dark moments of injustice.
- Our courts oppose the righteous, and justice is nowhere to be found. Truth stumbles in the streets, and honesty has been outlawed. Isa 59:14
- We growl like hungry bears; we moan like mournful doves. We look for justice, but it never comes. We look for rescue, but it is far away from us. Isa 59:11
- Death has climbed in through our windows and has entered our fortresses; it has removed the children from the streets and the young men from the public squares. Jer 9:21
There was a time in the Bible where the craziness all around us now resembled very much what the people of Israel experienced during their time of exile and injustice. The people were crying out for relief because their brothers & sisters, sons & daughters, family & friends were dying all around them.
The most important question in all of this is, “What do we do when we are in the midst of these horrendous acts?”
Thank God, the Bible isn’t silent on how we should proceed in dealing with our emotions. The Prince of Peace has given us examples of how we should respond by 1) Lamenting our frustrations, 2) Worshipping our Lord, and 3) Seeking Peace with others.