The Bible's answer to school shootings

Evil impulses are never part of our identity.

In the aftermath of last year's tragic school shootings in the United States, I turned to the Bible for comfort. I came upon the three temptations that Christ Jesus overcame in the wilderness after fasting for forty days and nights (see Luke 4:1–12 and Matt. 4:1–10). My first reaction was that this simply did not relate to what was troubling me at that moment, and I considered moving on. But instead, I listened for God to tell me what I needed to learn, and continued to read and listen.

As I read, it struck me how often each of us is tempted to believe that there is something besides the one infinite source of all being, divine Life, that is absolutely necessary to our life. Whether it's a job, acceptance at a particular university, company, or clique, or a salary range. Or even a healing we feel we desperately need.

See you in court?
August 28, 2000

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