The Arizona Shootings, One Week Later

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It’s been quite a week, listening to reports of the aftermath of the Tuscon AZ shootings.  As you might expect, conspiracy theories are all over the place, and many are seeking to make sense of what happened in the hopes of stopping more incidents such as this from happening.

One good thing emerging are news reports that a majority of Americans aren’t attaching much political significance to the actions of a mentally-disturbed individual. While it seems that many do believe that strongly-worded, charged rhetoric can play a part in the actions of such a person, it’s not getting sucked into the usual conservative-liberal back-and-forth that creates revenue for the cable news networks.

What’s highly frustrating to me is how so many of our elected officials and political pundits ignore the lack of rancor amongst their constituency and continue fanning the flames with partisan rhetoric.  It is shameful that this horrible event is being used as yet another springboard to turn on those who don’t hold the same political, ideological, or theological conclusions.  And for what gain?

Those of you who know me, know that I don’t place much stock in partisan politics.  I more subscribe to, as Adlai Stevenson once said, “politics being the art of the possible,” using the connections I have with other people to honor God and further the work of Jesus Christ.  However, I find myself very moved and convicted by the words of our President, spoken in the days following this tragedy:

“Scripture tells us that there is evil in the world, and that terrible things happen for reasons that defy human understanding,” the president said. ” … Bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath. … What we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another.” (Quote taken from the 13 January 2011 edition of the Wired Word curriculum)

Isn’t it time that we put our Prince of Peace first in our actions and make a few more swords into many more plowshares?