Like many of you, my attention today has been focused on the tragedy that has occurred in Las Vegas. As I think of those whose lives have been taken by a suicidal and homicidal man, and the survivors who will struggle with their emotions for some time to come, I remember some timely words from the New Testament: Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep (Romans 12:15).
Today is a day when the collective heart of our nation aches, and it is a time to weep with those who weep. It is not a time to promote agendas or to draw unfounded conclusions; it is a day for compassion and prayer.
This is also a day when the God question will be asked: If God is all-good and all-powerful, why is there so much evil and suffering in the world?
God has created only that which is good. When God created man, God gave him free will. God’s perfect creation can use his free will to choose to do evil. All people are free to choose to do good, but they are also free to do evil. The one who is free to love, is also free to hate.
I choose not to use the name of the shooter, but he chose evil; he chose to inflict harm on the innocent; and, he will answer to God for his actions.
Please join me in praying for the people of Las Vegas.