Will Roseburg Prompt a ‘National Conversation’ on Anti-Christian Bigotry?
Here’s the cold, hard truth of many, if not most, American mass killings — there is, in this nation of 320 million souls, a certain small number of evil young men who have convinced themselves that the path to greatness lies over the bodies of the innocent. Some of them hate African Americans. Some of them hate Christians. Some of them hate indiscriminately. Finding these young men is like finding a needle in a haystack, and it’s just as hard to deprive them of access to weapons.
There is no true “solution” to men like this. It’s not realistic to expect that the media or the public won’t make them famous. In the hours after the Oregon shooting, as public officials delayed releasing the shooter’s identity, the online hunger for information was palpable. And that’s understandable: People want to know why, and they’re reasonably cynical about conclusory statements from the authorities.
While the quest for answers after this shooting likely won’t lead to a National Conversation about Christianity, that doesn’t mean that we all have to brush past yesterday’s realities. I woke up this morning awed by the courage of men and women who stood and affirmed their faith in the face of death itself. Compared to the love and approval of the Creator of the universe, the respect or acknowledgment of the New York Times or the president is meaningless indeed.