On Thursday, October 1, 2015, a young man went in to Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon and shot multiple students, many of whom were killed. The apparent motive behind this was a hatred towards Christians. Before a person was shot, they were asked if they were a Christian. If they replied with a yes, they were shot in the head. If they replied no or did not reply, they were shot in the legs. Nine people were killed and nine people were injured. The shooter was shot dead.
This is not something new to hear in the news. It is actually becoming a way too common occurrence. It seems that once we get past one shooting, there is another. It is a cycle that many want to contribute to gun control. They say that if we put more control on guns, then mass shootings will happen less frequently. This post is not about politics and where you stand on this issue. There is a much larger issue at hand than the control of guns. When you look at the different shootings that have happened, you will notice something that is consistent through them all. There is some form of hatred. Multiple times the hatred has been toward Christians, but it can be toward anything. Hatred is the absence of love.
In 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 says, “Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.” Right now we can only see part of the picture. We will not see fully until Jesus comes back. People go through things and make decisions based on their views and perspectives. Proverbs 10:12 says, “Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” This verse perfectly describes these shootings. When there is hatred, there is conflict. When there is love, all wrongs are covered.
The issue here is love. Without love, there is nothing. Gun control can play a part in the solution, but love is the only real solution that will work. We need to show others love and be genuine in relationships with them. Words and actions both hurt, and we need to make sure that our actions reflect the love of Jesus. In the words of the Beatles, “all you need is love.”