Beyond the sheer horror and tragedy of the shooting and beyond the loss of innocent lives, the most disturbing thing about this situation is the conversation about how The Dark Knight will do in the box office now.
Lives are lost. People are grieving. The movie’s success DOES NOT MATTER.
I’m a Christopher Nolan fan. I say go see the movie so that evil cannot win nor have a foothold of fear in our lives…but at the end of the day, do it to honor the victims and their families, not for the sake of the entertainment industry.
In Mere Christianity, CS Lewis describes the Motivation of Evil as “the pursuit of some good in the wrong way.” He says, “none ever did a cruel action simply because cruelty is wrong–only because cruelty was pleasant or useful to him….Evil is a parasite, not an original thing.”
Whatever motivation the shooter had, we know it was parasitic and evil — nothing original, valiant, or special. And therefore we won’t allow him to turn our gaze from the precious lives lost to the movie industry’s loss. We won’t do it.
Jeremiah 7:30 talks about the sons and daughters of Judah doing evil and defiling God’s house. They burned their own children and did things that the Lord did not command — things which were never on His mind.
God is sovereign and omniscient. But, He does not intend for this type of evil to occur. Injustices like this tragedy and those globally are offensive to Him. He is grieved.
May the brokenhearted be comforted by the God who is grieving with them. May the shooter see the justice of God and fall to his knees.
As we pray for the suffering families, I leave you with this Benedictine Blessing.
May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths,and superficial relationships,
so that you may live deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people,
so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world,
so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.