I’m Baaaacckk…

We’ve nearly completed the move into our new home.  We survived the wonderful – but taxing – Christmas worship season, accentuated this year by a memorial service the weekend before Christmas and a wedding the weekend before that.  We’ve been swamped, but God is good and we’re already feeling settled in our new digs.  While my days of recuperation time this week were spent in moving-related issues rather than actually recuperating, what a blessing to be busy in such beautiful ways.

Thanks to Lois for forwarding me this article.  I commented a couple of weeks ago that we will search for answers to this tragedy in all the wrong places as a society.  But if society discards the concept of evil (despite an overwhelming majority of Americans claiming some form of belief in a roughly Judeo-Christian God), we are left with no choice but to seek answers within ourselves.  Literally.  
We can look for answers genetically.  Ultimately I don’t think this is going to lead us to solutions.  In fact, I suspect that it is going to lead us down far darker paths.  If there isn’t a genetic link (and I use that term very loosely, since the ability to know that a particular mutation or genetic marker is in fact the cause of violent behavior seems almost incomprehensibly unlikely), then we’re back where we started – terrified of everything and everyone yet blithely convinced that we ourselves must be normal and healthy because we aren’t out shooting up schools.
If a genetic link is found, we enter a new level of testing.  Will we test unborn children for genetic defects that include the aforehypothesized violence marker?  Are couples bearing children who test positive for this marker going to be encouraged – passively or actively – to abort their child just in case?  As is already argued for unborn children with physical or intellectual differences, will unborn babies with this genetic marker for violence be labeled as lives not worth living?  Unlikely to ever experience happiness and satisfaction at the arbitrary level that we define as normal?  
As it always has been, the answer to the problem of evil lies beyond our reach.  That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a role to play in curbing evil within ourselves and others.  But it does mean that we aren’t going to fix it on our own.  We’ve been told since the Enlightenment that we can and will.  Instead, we discover only a greater pervasiveness of evil and violence.  We’ll keep looking for answers to the question of evil that don’t show ourselves as being part of the problem.  But that isn’t going to solve the problem of evil.  For that, we have to turn to a 2000-year old empty tomb, and the promise that the tomb’s former occupant is coming back.  

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