I woke up this morning and my wife said to me, "Something bad happened in Denver last night."
She didn't know or say what it was as I rushed out the door for work.
On the drive in, I turned on 850 KOA, the largest radio station in Colorado. It was non-stop coverage of a shooting that had taken place just seven short hours ago.
I listened as one of the authorities recounted what happened: 12 people have been killed and 38 wounded in what is being called the "Theater Shooting" in Aurora, Colorado. Witnesses say a masked gunman, dressed in black, walked into the theater with a gas mask on, threw gas canisters into the theater and then opened fire on the crowd. (Hear two witnesses account of the tragedy).
As I drove down I-25 listening to what had happened, just 50 miles up the road, I began to consider what the appropriate response was. Should I be angry? Should I forgive? Should I get a concealed carry permit? Should we have tighter gun laws?
I arrived at work and went to chapter four in Randy Alcorn’s book, If God Is Good (download it here).
After spending 10 minutes with just a portion of Randy's book, I felt comfort. I had answers. I found my orientation amidst the flood of possible responses.
I wonder if your blog readers, church members, friends or family are feeling what I felt this morning?
If you'll be blogging or preaching on evil and suffering today or this week, I invite you to engage with Randy's book, If God Is Good. You can embed chapter four from Scribd here:
And here is Randy talking about If God Is Good with Greg Laurie:
Here are some of Randy's resources to review:
If God Is Good (Hardcover)
If God Is Good, Why Do We Hurt (10-Pack, Small Booklets)
Randy Alcorn's Website