Last updated on November 11th, 2019
Why do violent things happen in this crazy world? Why does violence occur? It’s a question we all ask after something tragic happens. It’s been almost two weeks since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. And as usual after these events, there’s non-stop news coverage, shock and sadness, thoughts and prayers, and then the inevitable debate on gun control. Should there be stricter gun laws or more focus on mental illness?
The point being missed
I think there’s a missing point that doesn’t get discussed much. Think about it. None of these mass shooters just woke up one day and said, “I’m going to go shoot a bunch of people today”. It took a lifetime of people not caring. And because very few people if any at all cared, they stopped caring. For themselves, and for other people. Maybe that’s why these things happen. Maybe that’s why violence occurs.
Whether it’s mass shootings, homicides, assaults, etc… it’s not just the fault of some evilness in an individual. It’s also the fault of our society. We don’t taking enough responsibility for helping people who are hurt, in pain, and feel alone. Blaming an individual’s evilness seems like just a scapegoat. Evil or not, these were still humans who had feelings. They had unmet desires. They had no one to hug them enough and tell them they’re not alone. To listen to what it is that’s bothering them so much, or what kind of bad thoughts they have sometimes. To show them that there are other ways to deal with that pain they feel. And as a result, we see tragedies like Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school.
Why do violent things happen conclusion
I think about Acts 2:44-46 and the first Christian converts. The verses state, “44 And all those who had believed [ar]were together and had all things in common; 45 and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. 46 Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread [as]from house to house, they were taking their [at]meals together with gladness and [au]sincerity of heart,“
It’s a beautiful thing we see here. The level of group love and support for one another. I hope we as Christians can live up to that level of love and support. Especially for those we see and can tell are hurt and in pain in our society. It may help prevent the next violent thing from happening.
Peace to you all in Christ.