Now that we have villains capable of walking into a theater and killing 12 people simply because they thought it’d be fun, where are the heroes?
It seems like as I grow up the fantasy comic-book worlds of Stan Lee and whoever created DC are becoming more and more plausible. We have the super villains they imagined. We have the mass murderers, the terrorists, the twisted individuals who thrive on chaos, murder, and pain. However we don’t have the Supermen, the X-Men, the Batmen. We don’t have Spiderman. We don’t have the Green Lantern. We don’t have the good.
So who are the heroes and where are they?
Christians are called to be light in a dark place. We’re called to offer refuge from the pain and servitude of this world. So why aren’t we? In lieu of last night’s tragedies, where are the spiritual Christian leaders stepping up, offering peace and light. Why are we hiding our lamps?
So many people this morning will be asking where is God? Or even who is God? Who would allow this? It is our responsibility as Christians to be there. To answer those questions. You might be afraid. That’s completely understandable. Those are extremely tough questions. But we aren’t called to explain pain and suffering away. We’re called to show them God’s love in the midst of it, so God can be glorified all the more in the most dire of circumstances.
Christians need to be the heroes. We can’t lay down and say “Oh, this is a tragedy. My prayers go out.” Be vocal. Be unwavering in your offering of peace.And certainly pray. That is important. But if you simply tell a grieving family that you are praying for them, how much will that really ease the suffering if they don’t believe in God?
We might not be able to stop the crime and tragedy, but we should (no, we’re commanded) to be there to pick up the pieces.