Matthew R. Perry

Around the Blogosphere: Good Reflections on the Shootings at Virginia Tech

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2007 at 11:00 pm

Tim Challies, Prayer for Blacksburg:

Like you, I was horrified to hear of yesterday’s violence at Virginia Tech. And like you, I had immediate flashbacks to the Columbine shootings which, though they happened eight years ago, seem fresh in my mind. It was awful to see the pictures of bleeding students being carried from the campus and to see the death count rising and rising. It was awful to hear of people jumping from windows or cowering for hours in darkened classrooms, wondering if they would ever make it out. What apparently began as an act of violence against a girlfriend soon escalated into an outright massacre. My heart went out to the people of Blacksburg as they begin their attempts to come to terms with this horrific event.

Desiring God Blog, What’s at the Heart of the Murders?:

While others are already making the Virginia Tech massacre a political issue and looking vehemently for someone to blame, let us remember that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Our hearts and the murderer’s.

No x-ray machines, revised gun laws, or fired college presidents will solve the problem. We need new hearts (Ezekiel 11:19, John 3:3). We need Jesus.

Another entry from Desiring God Blog, “What to Say About Virginia Tech“:

After the Columbine shootings, John Piper wrote up 21 ways to love and comfort the hurting
by trusting wholly in God’s sovereignty over all things. He revised
them after 9-11. I posted this a couple months ago, but I want to again
in light of the Virginia Tech incident that is still developing. As lovers of an all-powerful
God, let us be prepared to love people in their pain by empathetically
and mercifully pointing them to a God who is in control.

Al Mohler, President, Southern Seminary, “Facing the Reality of Evil“:

The unspeakable evil of the killings at Virginia Tech bring us once again face to face with the reality of human evil. Christianity faces this challenge honestly, and acknowledges the horror of moral evil and its consequences. The Bible never flinches from assigning responsibility for moral evil. Human beings are capable of committing horrible acts of violence, malevolence, cruelty, and killing.

These are just a few.  Our hearts are with the fellow students as well as the parents of those who are burying their sons and daughters at such a tender age — where they sent them off to find a better life and grander opportunities. 

James 4:13-16  

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—  [14] yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  [15] Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”  [16] As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 

All of them had plans for graduation — but we just don’t know when it will end.  May we take time to “examine ourselves and test to see whether we are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5). 
   

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