VTech Reflections

So now out of the woodwork crawls every manner of social pundit and political profiler. The largest hate-fest shoot-a-thon in American history took place on Virginia Tech’s campus and now people want answers. Now they want to know why Cho Seung-Hui went on a killing spree. It is sadly comical to watch all the concern in this regard when the cultural thrust of our America is an outright rejection of God and truth. We are taught that we are super-advanced primates in an ever-changing cosmic flux riding out our lives on our piece of planet hoping that we survive long enough to enjoy it, but now we’re supposed to find ‘meaning’? Subjectivity reigns supreme in the mainstream and personal happiness is the end guide post of our existence, but now we are supposed to be against one man’s truth over our own?

By the acceptance of a Darwinian reality the notion of right and wrong disappears as absolute moral truth is nothing more than man’s invention; yet as we live out our days a sneaky and sublime concern continues to peek from behind the veil of relativity as we scurry along like smart monkeys with cool gadgets.  Morality sits in the center of town like a lonely stepchild and her presence contradicts our evolutionist conscience.  Moral ambivalence leads our society into a schizophrenic frenzy and through events like  Columbine and Virginia Tech we can see the bankruptcy of denying the One through whom all blessings flow.  If there was a consistent worldview employed by the masses Cho would simply be the smartest and strongest scamp in the village; but apparently not too smart since he turned his rage towards himself.  Smart monkeys should learn to survive their dominance.   And so it is that the buffoonery of a wrong perception plagues our cities producing empty stories that offer little truth.   Like the one I read in the Los Angeles Times. Here are some clips along with commentary to illustrate my point.

“As darkness fell Tuesday, thousands of Virginia Tech students, faculty and area residents poured into the center of campus to grieve together. They held thousands of candles aloft as speakers urged them to find solace in one another.”

Solace in ‘one another’? The only way that we may find peace in one another is if we point to the One who alone brings peace – “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8) We alone only offer each other empty grief.

“Most of the vigil was devoted to silence and quiet reflection. As the silence spread across the grassy bowl of the Drillfield, a pair of trumpets began to play taps. A few in the crowd began to sing Amazing Grace.”

I’m not sure who was singing one of the greatest hymns ever written and for what reason but notice that the vigil was mostly silent.  A pseudo-freedom and tolerance has gagged the truth from being loudly preached. And why do we think we need to have a vigil during times like this anyway? I’ve yet to see gorillas light candles in the midst.

“We will move on from this. But it will take the strength of each other to do that,” said Zenobia Hikes, vice president for student affairs. “We want the world to know we are Virginia Tech, we will recover, we will survive with your prayers.”

Strength in each other? Once again hear the ‘leaders’ continue to point to self rather than God. We have no strength in ourselves; we are part of the problem. There is no call to repentance before the righteous One for this campus is rampant with those who deserve the wrath of God which is far worse than what has happened. We should indeed be grieved and horrified but because we see evil personified and it reminds us of the Day of Judgment that is to come.

“On Tuesday, authorities continued to assemble the pieces of Cho’s life on the campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but it still was unclear what motivated him.”

Psalmist and through the apostle Paul in the book of Romans, “THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE.” THEIR THROAT IS AN OPEN GRAVE, WITH THEIR TONGUES THEY KEEP DECEIVING, “THE POISON OF ASPS IS UNDER THEIR LIPS”; WHOSE MOUTH IS FULL OF CURSING AND BITTERNESS”; THEIR FEET ARE SWIFT TO SHED BLOOD, Puzzles only perplex those who see things in pieces. There is no puzzle here. Remember what God has said through the DESTRUCTION AND MISERY ARE IN THEIR PATHS, AND THE PATH OF PEACE THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN.” THERE IS NO FEAR OF GOD BEFORE THEIR EYES.” (Romans 3:10-18) There is no peace when we are not in Him. The only reason we do not see more people committing more murders is the restraining grace of God. Click here for a few minutes and hear James White give us a reminder of who we are.

“A law enforcement official who read Cho’s note described it Tuesday as a typed, eight-page rant against rich kids and religion. “You caused me to do this,” the official quoted the note as saying.”

Covetousness, bitterness, hate, and blameshifting. Watch the news and see how sin has been turned into disease and disorder and each group from the NRA to the Virginia social services gets blamed for this massacre. Cho is to blame for his crime because he is guilty. If we were to take the world’s track on blame, we could all pray to see Adam and put a slug in *his* head. But that’s not the way it works. “We” didn’t cause Cho to do this, his life is the context in which the wickedness of his heart was revealed. And he, like all of us, and all of those who were murdered, have only one hope.

Read these Scriptures out loud and loudly so that perhaps someone might actually hear them. May they bring you comfort, peace, and assurance.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected (kept) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

“This hope [in Christ alone] we have as an anchor for the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us” Hebrews 6:19-20

“We give thanks to God, he Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints; because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you” Colossians 1:3-6a

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved from my enemies.” Psalm 18:2-3


About ostrakinos

Pastoral sojourner in the world. Raising up four daughters. Citizen of earth. Resident of heaven. Taking ten looks at Christ.

Posted on April 18, 2007, in Apologetics, Cultural, Experiential / Application, Meditation/Reflections. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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