I would imagine that most of us have various impressions of the last week’s news relating to the events in Boston. Violence, terror, confusion, outrage, sadness, mourning all fit the bill, but of course there are other things as well.
Praise for the first responders, the bravery of so many of those who put their lives on the line to protect the good citizens of the Boston area, and of course heavy concern for those who were killed or injured and their families. There were many saddening tales of injuries, loss and grief…
There have been a great number of tributes paid, tales told, news reported and images of all kinds that I wouldn’t even attempt to add to those. For me, there are certainly many questions that still need an answer: How could this happen? How did these guys expect to get away with their crimes? Are there more involved? All of these are on my mind after a week that shocked us all.
I was struck late last week by the many comments from friends and acquaintances of the perpetrators saying that, particularly the younger of the two was such a nice guy, how nobody could have imagined him capable of such acts. I heard an “expert” who pointed out that whenever there is a horrible crime of violence, the people who knew the murderer or attacker always say these things, and the expert said that they are simply speaking from emotion and didn’t understand the signs involved in such things. Maybe the gentleman is correct, but this thought stuck with me:
Suppose those people are right; suppose that this guy was the last one that any reasonable person would have suspected to carry out such an outrageous act of violence upon innocent people… what happened?
Looking at this question from a Christian Biblical point of view, I’m struck by something that a “profession” in security might not take into consideration, and that is the fact that there is a difference between “evil” and “Evil.” The former is a word that we might use to describe a very bad action: “That was an evil thing to do.” The latter, however is an active, searching and driving force that is seeking to turn otherwise decent people into monsters. It is in fact the spiritual enemy of the Christian. It seeks to corrupt, destroy and foul anybody who lets it into their lives, and it is something that we must take very seriously.
I am normally one of the last people to over-spiritualize things, please understand that. However, the Bible teaches us that we are on the front lines of a spiritual war, and we must take that seriously.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
It is incumbent upon us to protect our young from opening themselves to Evil; to take up the sword that is God’s Word to oppose it, and to be fervent prayer warriors for Jesus Christ, to boldly pray not just for safety from evil, which is the approach that our civil authorities must take, but rather to pray boldly for the utter destruction of that Evil which has plagued this world for so many centuries, and to pray boldly that the cross of will triumph over sin and death in the hearts of the people.