Monday, April 20, 2009


Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Columbine Shooting where 13 people were killed, and the two shooters committed suicide. What have we learned about violence and bullying since then? Have we become more aware of the angst that some teenagers are dealing with inside of them? Have we learned how to stop these horrible school shootings from happening in the first place? The answer to these questions is no.

The only thing that has happened is that we have become more desensitized by this kind of thing happening over and over. It wasn't until the Virginia Tech shooting where more than 30 people were killed that we shook off our lethargy, we wept as a nation. Some well meaning people would ask "where was God when this was taking place"? It sometimes feels as though this world is spinning out of control, when acts of senseless violence are taking place all around us. It almost seems as though maybe God couldn't let this happen, we are a Christian nation. Well, I don't have all the answers to these questions, but maybe I could put things in perspective.

You want to know where God was on April 20, 1999? He was in the same place He was 2000 years ago when His Son was crucified. On His Throne in Heaven.He was watching and He was weeping as those created in His own image were destroying one another. There is a lot I don't know nor understand about God's sovereignty, but this one thing I know. God is God and I am not. God does not owe me an explanation. Don't misunderstand me God was working in the midst of this tragedy otherwise there would have been more killed that fateful day.

The word "columbine" means like a dove. When I think of a dove I think of peace. We could use a lot more of the peace of God in our country. So to those who lost their lives, and those who were injured in this school shooting, may your sacrifice not be in vain.

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