Perhaps like many of you, when I was growing up and in school, the threat we worried about was a missile strike from the Soviet Union. There was a definite bad guy and we knew who it was. Today, students in school also worry about an imminent threat, but they don’t know who it might be. Despotic communist regime with nuclear weapons…or rogue nut-job with a rifle? What makes this happen? Why is this the case?
We live in a fallen world—a world broken by sin where real evil and real harm are possible. That is not a response the world likes to hear, but if Christianity and its accompanying worldview are true, the fall is the underlying cause. And if that is the case, then there is an answer: the cross, repentance, and the ultimate redemption of all of creation. If it is not the case, then as English journalist Steven Turner writes in his poem “Chance:”
If chance be the father of all flesh,
Disaster is his rainbow in the sky,
And when you hear
State of emergency!
Sniper kills ten!
Troops on Rampage!
Gangs go looting!
Bomb blasts school!
It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker.