Eye on the World: shootings in the United States

Last Friday, a gunman entered Los Angeles International Airport and shot three Transportation Security Administration officers, killing one. The suspect was shot by law enforcement officials and is being treated at an area hospital. Media reports indicated that the shooter, a young man, wanted to target TSA agents specifically, and that he may have been motivated by an antigovernment agenda.

On Monday night, a young man dressed in black entered a New Jersey mall and fired shots at the ceiling and escalators, etc. No one was hurt and authorities think that the man wanted his own life to end, perhaps at the hands of the police. He killed himself in a back room of the mall, after the area was put into lockdown by authorities.

What’s to be done in the wake of tragedies like these? Certainly, law enforcement officials can review procedures to see if any additional safety measures need to be put into place. But there’s something else that anyone can do, regardless of who we are or where we live. Prayer is the most powerful response to an act of hate or cowardice, because it brings into focus the laws of God, divine Love. 

Prayer for the heart that rejects God” is a powerful assertion that the power of God can cut through angry, violent thinking to bring peace and stability. Those who are thinking about committing violence — or who have already done so — are not beyond help, and the love that God has toward His creation can never be stemmed or stopped. As we listen for God’s healing messages in our own thinking, we can trust that those messages are also being communicated to others.

Surely many people will want to hold candlelight vigils for the slain Los Angeles airport TSA officer, or otherwise show their solidarity. “When you want to do something about the ills of society” explores how we can recognize that actual authority lies with God, with the Truth that uncovers and destroys any error hiding in human thinking. A violent mentality can’t hide from this corrective action, and our prayers can be a powerful weight on the side of peace and order. 

This Sentinel editorial, “Stop the hate; start the love,” explains that evil acts never come from God, and are never justified by Him. Rather, God’s laws of goodness and love are our advocate in the face of confusion and hatred. As we take time to pray to see the fruits of the Spirit in our own lives, we can expect to see violent acts diminish and ultimately disappear.

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