"Civil courage...depends on a God who demands responsible action in a bold venture of faith, and who promises forgiveness and consolation to the man who becomes a sinner in that venture." --Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

This Very Present Evil

Century 16
One week ago yesterday a gunman opened fire on a packed movie theater at Century 16 cinema in Aurora, Colorado leaving 12 people dead and 50 seriously wounded.

I never thought I would live to recall a shooting worse than Columbine. I was six years old when my father came home from work with a horrified look on his face. Two teenage boys had opened fire on their fellow classmates at Columbine High School killing twelve students and a teacher and wounding dozens more.

Colorado seems to be an unfortunate target for a lot of shooting sprees. There was the gunman at New Life church in Colorado Springs who shot 6 and killed 2. Six girls at Platte Canyon high school were sexually assaulted before their assailant shot one of the girls. These stories are heartbreaking and yet we continue to teach the youths in our schools that people are basically good.

In our society, evil has become a “mental disorder”. In other words, evil does not originate from the heart. It’s a Hollywood invention purposed to give the good guys something to overcome. It’s what makes a movie exciting, heart-stopping, or horrifying.