The problem with evil is that it absolves good people of responsibility. Decrying society’s ills as the result of “evil” in the world renders us helpless.
What power does a good person truly hold in the face of “evil”?
We can pray.
But that’s about it.
Evil, after all, is God’s domain. Only the Trinity is equipped to head off true evil. The kind of evil that leads a kid to stockpile ammo and assault weapons in order to slaughter the masses.
Only a truly evil person would do such a thing – right?
Or a truly mentally ill person, which has always been one in the same in a society that stakes its salvation on the power of patriarchy.
Once he slaughters, his name is stripped away, replaced with labels of the mentally ill, the truly evil: psycho, maniac, “this mass psychopathic murderer.”
Yet, mentally ill people exist in other nations. Nations that limit access to guns. Nations that provide universal health care as well. Yet there isn’t a nation out there with as many mass shootings as the US boasts. That sort of “evil mentally ill” appears to exist primarily in the country where Congressional members are beholden to the militant NRA.
It’s true. We are the best at killing. Bring out the tanks. Let’s have a parade.
What can we do in the face of such evil?
Nothing except pray.
Because only God can defeat the kind of evil that leads to mass slaughter of our nation’s finest and best, our children. Merit scholars. Potential Gold Medalists. Innovators. Activists. Good-hearted kids and teachers and coaches, all slain.
And those who lived to tell?
They testify to the terror of those moments when their classmates and teachers, coaches and friends were gunned down. Right there in front of them as they fled the evil, crying out “Dear God, Dear God.”
And I know God heard their cries. Heard them screaming. Witnessed the shooter. Saw the blood pooling.
God saw it all.
I bet God is crying still.
I bet God has heard every single prayer after every single mass shooting.
The prayers for God to stop this evil that is spreading throughout our culture like a summer wildfire.
So why doesn’t God stop it?
Why didn’t God strike that shooter down?
Make him trip over his own gun? Blow his own head off?
Why didn’t God inflict the shooter with an aneurysm sometime before he ever pulled that fire alarm?
What is wrong with God?
Why doesn’t God stop evil in its tracks?
Could it be that God is wondering the same of us?
Wondering why we keep acting so powerless in the face of so much evil?
Wondering why we keep absolving ourselves of any responsibility to protect the children?
When we give the label of “mentally ill” or “evil” or worse yet “evil psychopath”, nobody expects us to do anything to fix the problems. Everyone knows you can’t fix crazy. And only God can overcome evil, right?
Yet, what was that directive God gave us?
Flee from Evil.
And Do Good.
Wasn’t that what we were told to do?
We keep running from the gunmen.
But we never get around to doing the good required to stop the evil.
To banning the guns.
Prayer can’t help us fix what’s broken.
But legislation can.
Yet, the sorry truth is too many of us love our guns more than we love our kids.
We love our guns more than we love our God.
All those folks telling us to pray as a way to overcome evil, they don’t really trust God.
They need their guns to protect them from evil.
Karen Spears Zacharias supports the First Amendment and fights for a regulated Second Amendment.