Aurora Shooting Shows How We’ve Lost Touch With Reality
July 21, 2012 14 Comments
It’s been a day since the horrific attack at a movie theater in Colorado. According to the police 12 are dead while 58 others are injured. The killer, James Holmes, seems to have been planning this attack for several weeks if not months. He purchased guns, magazines and ammunition over the past few weeks and months. He booby trapped his home and dyed his hair red. He apparently suggested on some creepy porn web site that he would be in prison soon. In short, Holmes was playing the Joker, one of the bad guys in the Batman series.
It’s very easy to dismiss Holmes as nuts. We Americans love to blame evil on mental problems or political motivations. For over a decade we have refused to call Islam evil, despite hundreds of suicide bombers attacking our troops and allies in the Middle East. Even after the 9-11 attacks, we were only willing to call the hijackers evil rather than the root of their evil: Islam. Likewise whenever there is a mass shooting the media first attacks guns as though they’re somehow responsible for evil and then they start talking about mental disorders. By blaming the Holmes attack on a mental disorder, we’re simply dismissing the fact he is evil. In fact, the media turns Holmes into a victim. After all, who doesn’t feel sorry for people with a mental disorder?
But the fact is that there is evil in the world. There are wicked people who want to do harm to others. Some may be demon possessed, in other cases common grace has been withheld and man is seen at his ultimate worst. The truth is every last one of us is capable of doing exactly what James Holmes did yesterday. We are all totally depraved and but for the grace of God we are restrained from doing such things. But there is evil in the world, great evil such as what Holmes did. When we immediate jump to psychological explanations, we’re dismissing the role of evil and burying our heads in the sand at the same time.
On another note I am absolutely shocked by the number of children present in the theater for a midnight showing of a nearly three hour PG-13 movie. A six year old was shot and killed, what was she doing there? A 3 month old was grazed by a bullet. What kind of parent takes a 3 month old to a movie, much less a midnight showing? There are reports of numerous 12-14 year olds at this movie. Again, what are such young children doing at a midnight film? We happen to know about these kids because a tragedy occurred but you have to figure this theater in Colorado was relatively representative of other theaters across the country. How many hundreds of six year olds were at a midnight showing of Batman on Thursday? How many babies were taken? How many 12-14 year old children were at such a showing? It must be an enormous number.
We have lost touch with reality when we’re taking children to midnight showings of any movie, much less a PG-13 film that is nearly three hours long. This ties in with our refusal to call evil what it is. As a society we seem to have lost touch with reality. We make excuses for evil or dismiss it with psychological evaluations. Meanwhile parents are taking their kids to the movies at the most absurd time of day. This isn’t a problem for government to solve, it’s a problem that society is going to have to figure out on its own. By the grace of God we will, soon.