It’s time to stop snoozing on church violence

Woman holds a sign, asking why, after the church violence in Charleston

(AP Photo/David Goldman)

The massacre at Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston could have been our wake-up call. In fact, it should have been. But it appears that, once again, we’ve hit the snooze button.

We’d rather not gaze upon the important insights that this church violence offers us. Instead, we cry, “How did the devil get into God’s House? Why did God let this happen? Why didn’t God protect His people?”

Our questions are based on a few assumptions:

  1. The church is God’s only house;
  2. Worshipers should be safe in a church building, and
  3. God intervenes in human events.

There’s no evidence that any of these assumptions are true; so questions based on them are likely to lead to the wrong answers.

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