In light of the horrific event in Colorado last night, we thought we’d point you to a transcribed radio commentary by Greg from back in 1999, given in response to the Columbine shootings:
I will tell you, though, on a personal note, I was in the gym stretching to get ready for a run close to my office on Tuesday afternoon when I first got wind of the problems. I laid on the floor stretching my hamstring watching the TV monitor and crying to myself, frankly, choked up watching the drama unfold in Colorado. There is really no one in this country who could have watched the events of those terrifying hours and not have their heart and their prayers go out to the residents of that town, the people in that high school, the parents represented by the children in the school, indeed the whole state of Colorado who mourned this tragedy in their midst.
I just want you to know my prayers were there for you. And when I say my prayers, for those of you who are listening from Colorado, I'm not talking about just talking about emotional sentiments that I cared. No, I was beseeching a powerful God who is capable of answering prayers, who is fully aware of everything that was happening to respond to prayers and to do something in the midst of this tragedy. I believe those prayers were heard....
I am going to drop back just a little bit and try to answer this question that was asked: Where is God? I don't think that is a simplistic question. I don't think the answers are simplistic either, but I do think the answer matters.
One answer that came from the Reverend Gary Hall of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena is an answer that is not going to work. He was quoted in the L.A. Times as having said, "I think God is broken-hearted. I don't think God was in control of these events. I think God will be found in the healing." This is a view of God that is very similar to a rabbi who wrote a very important book about the problem of evil and the existence of God. Basically, his answer is that the problem of evil is bigger than God and that God is not capable to stop evil. He weeps with us at a world out of control.
That can't be the Christian's answer because the Bible that Christians follow teach something different about God. Frankly, I don't know that a God like that, a God who is equally victimized with us as He watches history and the evil in history unfold, is a God worthy of praising, praying to, and trusting oneself to. This is a God who basically has our weaknesses, only on a grander scale. It seems to me that the God who the Bible is appealing us to trust in is Someone who is capable at least of dealing with these kinds of issues.
Of course, this raises a dilemma, doesn't it? How does anyone who believes in God make sense of this kind of thing?
Read Greg’s thoughts here.