praying for myself in light of one dark night


If Jesus had been in that dark, crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado when heavily-armed and armored James Holmes opened fire last week, I can quickly and easily imagine Jesus:

  • helping herd someone, or a group someones, to a safer position while trying to keep himself positioned between them and the shooter.
  • placing himself in the line of fire to deliberately take as many hits as possible to prevent those rounds from reaching someone else.
  • throwing himself down on top of someone, or several someones, in an attempt to shield them from harm.
  • trying to rush the shooter in the hope of physically taking him down and incapacitating him.
  • immediately attending to someone who had been wounded or injured.
  • whipping out a cell phone and dialing 911, calling for help.
  • some truly creative, “other” response.

However, what I’ve been totally unable to imagine Christ doing is whipping out his concealed, licensed-to-carry pistol, taking careful aim, and attempting to shoot the gunman dead.

Why is that? Really.

Is my imagination faulty or deficient? You tell me.

And one more thing. If Christians are to imitate their Lord Jesus, how would you hope you would have responded if you, being a Christian, had been in that hall of hell that night?

I have no idea what I would have done. I was not there. And so I thank God. And pray for all of those who were. As well as myself, knowing that one dark day or night, I might find myself, as a Christian, in just such a situation. And if so, just how well prepared will I be to respond rightly?

Heavenly Father, should I ever be found in a position similar to that of late in Aurora, Colorado, in the name of your Son, may I be found doing what he would have done. Amen.

2 Replies to “praying for myself in light of one dark night”

  1. Great occasion to ask this frequently-posed question – I struggle with my answer, too. Have read great arguments on both sides. Thoughtful passifist arguments seem easy to come by, reasonable interventionist arguments maybe not so much. Best I’ve seen is from Patrick Mead. His “A Column by John Conner” ( post from August 7, 2007 and subsequent 8-part series on “Life and Death” from August 8-30, 2007 are helpful reads.

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