Shootings at Northern Illinois University

niu.jpgNorthern Illinois University sits in a pristine rural setting in northwest Illinois. A couple of hours from Chicago, no one would have predicted the violence that erupted there Thursday. Five students were murdered.  The shooter killed himself.

Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those who perished. We pray for healing for the student body, faculty and administration. We also recognize another loss of innocence and security for ourselves and our nation.

A friend from Chicago asked that I repost my comments after the Virginia Tech shootings. Rather than repost the whole article, please click here.


2 thoughts on “Shootings at Northern Illinois University

  1. Bill,

    The senselessness of this tragedy leaves us all stunned, confused, and without any understanding of WHY. Your comments are poignant and true.

    When Pilate murdered the Galileans (and desecrated their blood), our Lord indicated that they were no more deserving of their fate than anyone else — that is, their fate was not a result of “just desserts” of their sinfulness. Ditto with the 18 victims of the Tower of Siloam that collapsed and killed them (Luke 13:1-5). There was no “WHY” given by our Lord for the intentional killing (Pilate-ordered) or unintentional killing (collapsing tower) that resulted in the senseless loss of human life. In fact, our Lord’s repeated comments indicate that the victims were not deserving of their fate (any more than anyone else in Galilee and Jerusalem, respectively).

    What is ironic is that Jesus does not lay any “blame” on God for the evil of such senseless killings. He pleads with his listeners, instead, “to repent” (or return to covenant relationship with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). Yahweh, God, is the source of eternal life (notwithstanding that we die). Without eternal life, we shall perish (Luke 13:3, 5 and John 3:36).

    Jesus emphasis, then, was not so much on senseless physical death as was on senseless spiritual death.

    For us today, our response during any tragic situations (we encounter in life) will only find “meaning” as we turn from death to life (“repentence”) in our Lord’s saving arms. See John 11:25.


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