Another Mass Shooting

by Chad Hunsberger on May 25, 2022

In 2018 I wrote an article entitled “What to think about a Mass Shooting.” Here we are, yet again, pondering that same issue. I want to echo many of the words I wrote then hoping to point us to the only truth we can cling to during such times of unparalleled heartache.

My heart truly aches as I think of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual damage that happens after a traumatic event like a mass shooting. There is unequivocal pain in the loss of innocent children to a violent act of hostile brutality. This pain is multiplied beyond this one incident as now individuals, family members, classmates, and people around the country and the world may find themselves living in a new state of fear, a new kind of worry, and even a new level of doubt. The depth of trauma in these situations is almost immeasurable.

At times like these, we get the feeling there is nothing that we can do. We feel helpless and almost useless as we sit, read the articles, and watch the news reels as we grapple with our own fears and worries.

As a result of my own grappling, I would like to point us to God’s Word to provide some “do’s and don'ts” in our response.

  • DO grieve for others. 

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

God comforts us when we grieve. We can be and should be saddened by these acts of evil. These vicious acts are not just problematic; they are sin and, as such, are evil in the sight of God. We should grieve for those who lost loved ones, and we should grieve that there is sin of this nature at all.

  • DO pray for others.

“...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…” Ephesians 6:18

“...casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

During these types of tragedies and so many more situations, we can lay all of our cares and concerns before the Lord because He cares for us and is concerned for us.

  • DO trust in God.

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7

God is worthy of our trust despite man’s inhumanity to man. This is not the time to stop believing that God is in control. Even during overwhelming tribulations and trials, God is worthy to be trusted. Yes, we should seek to stop this type of violence, but we should do so while leaning most heavily on the Lord our God to rescue. 

  • DO NOT fear.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Fear is not from the Lord. Remember, we trust Him for His perfect plan, so let us live out that trust without fear.

May we as believers remember that despite acts of extreme evil, God is still on the throne. He has not and will not leave us nor forsake us. Despite the brutality of a man taking the lives of others, we can anticipate the promise of eternal life with the Father. Despite sin causing such heinous violence, we can be thankful that Christ offers redemption through His blood which He shed on the cross. Our hope remains secure.

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