21 Dead in Uvalde

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21 are dead in Uvalde, Texas. 21 people died in a convulsive act of madness. We ask why. Pundits on the news shows recycle the usual explanations and politicians pontificate. All this as 21 coffins are readied for burial.

While news reports focus on everything from unlocked doors, and assault rifles, to slow response times, there are outlets that are starting to consider the fundamental reasons behind a barbaric attack. The correct understanding of why school shootings occur will also explain why violence and chaos are rising across the land, not just in schools. It’s an answer that some will not like. It will drive them insane, but it is still true.

Evil is real.

Raw, festering, bloody evil, is real and stalks humanity. Evil is neither a concept nor a vague idea, it is a real, malevolent being called Satan.

“…He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:44

Genesis 3 introduces Satan when he encourages Eve to eat from the forbidden tree. He lies. He tells her that she will not die even though God has plainly said otherwise (Genesis 3:1-4). Too late the first couple discovers his lies. They have sinned and they are separated from God. He has banished them from the Garden of Eden and driven from the Tree of Life. They are dead men walking. In the next generation – among their own sons – Cain kills his brother. Satan the liar. Satan the murderer. From that moment our world has been sucked into a vortex of sin, evil, chaos, and lawlessness. Today our culture is upside down. An inverted world where people “call evil good and good evil,” where they put “darkness for light and light for darkness” and “bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

Good is real

To acknowledge the reality of Satan is to acknowledge the reality of pure goodness and love that is Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Creator. Without a standard of good, there can be no measure of evil. Therein is the problem. Our world wants to be free of evil but rejects good.

You and I, as individuals or as a community, are powerless against the god of this world. Alone we cannot “fix” the evil thoughts and motives that find their way into people’s hearts. Such powerlessness is why Jesus came into the world. He inflicts the fatal wound on Satan (Genesis 3:15). He brings light into the darkness (John 8:12, 12:46). He leads us in victory (Proverbs 21:31; 1 Corinthians 15:57) and makes us more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). In the end, Satan is the loser (Revelation 20:10). The wicked may reign now, but their time is coming to an end. Satan will be successful in finding some who will blame God for the Uvalde, shootings. Forgive them for comments made in the depths of grief and lamentation, but God is not to blame. Only Satan.

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