Evil at Ft. Hood
Evil in our Hearts
The more we hear and find about the shooting at Ft. Hood the more I am convinced, the question should not be the typical, “How can someone commit such evil?” but rather why doesn’t it happen more often. We do not like to say it, but evil lurks in the hearts of men.
5 The Lord saw that the human beings on the earth were very wicked and that everything they thought about was evil. 6 He was sorry he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. Genesis 6:5-6 (NCV)
God in his grace limits or restrains evil. (Book of Job 1:1-2:10) Then he will end Evil. (Book of Revelation 20:7-14) If God did not do this, if Satan had completely free reign to do what he wanted, we would kill each other in the streets on a daily basis and would have wiped ourselves out world wide. What happened is horrendous, but without God’s grace it would happen so much more.
Who is Responsible?
Too quickly in situations like this we hear cries of mental instability as an excuse for their actions. Well yes there must be something terribly wrong with someone does such a thing religious motivations notwithstanding. It is crazy! So does that mean we let them off the hook? If everyone who does not live right has an “out” it would be chaos, so let’s just drop that argument. Yes they obviously have an issue, however that does not mean they are simply excused. Every day we choose to act just as Nidal Hasan chose to. There is an old American Indian illustration about two dogs within a person one evil and one good. The young person in the story asks the wise elder who will win. The elder says the one you feed! This speaks to our choices, not our ability to earn our salvation, but it is relevant still.
I am wondering the repercussions? What will the Military do? What of those of the Islamic faith who have no intent to do something like this, who truly love this country and their faith. I pray that they will not be unjustly impacted although they may know some changes are coming authorized or not. This again shows that you can not win a war against a world view with weapons unless you want to wipe out an entire people off the face of the earth, complete eradication. This is a war that can only be won with words, (and I do not mean politics) the words of Christ to be specific, the heart must be changed.
I feel for the family of this man