Praying for Perpetrators: Revelation 21:4 and the Parkland high school shooting

In this age of grievance, social media's blessings are often understated. If God is infinite, then it's due him to say that he makes no mistakes. Personally, I believe that God created social media as a very quick, very inimitable method for the propagation of ideas. The broken, fallen nature of this paradigm causes ideas which do not befit God's infinite, loving mercy.

Nicolás Cruz, the current suspect in the 14 February massacre at Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, has aledgedly a notorious social media reputation. According to the mainstream media, which is my only source of information at the moment, Mr. Cruz was thought of as a bit of a loner--someone whose presence wasn't often welcome. Students spoke of a penchant for violence in Mr. Cruz.

These are statements gleaned from traumatized, shocked people on the same day as a brutal massacre at the hands of an expelled student. A statistic was prophered which indicates that at least eighteen school shootings have taken place just in the calendar year of 2018.

Here at Genuine Safe Haven Ministries, our job is not to debate firearms usage, SSRI's, social media snooping or the like. What's the last word in our name? It's ministries! Our job is to minister to the hurting.

I can remember about a decade ago, when a congresswoman from Tucson, Arizona was shot while she attended a "Meet your congressman" forum in northwest tucson. The gunman also shortened others' lives. The congresswoman is living a full life, by the grace of God almighty.

My favorite radio station here in Phoenix, KTAR 620 AM at the time was having a call-in show about the shooting down in Tucson. I called in, and I indicated my sincere opinion. We need to pray for this perpetrator and all perpetrators. Then as now, replies revolved around my perceived piety due to my so-called ability to pray for people who do bad things.

For those who know me, overly pious and devout are not words which normally associate themselves with me. For better or for worse, I'm very fallible and very human. So why does it seem so easy for me to forgive and pray for people, even when horrible things are done?

For starters, the conversation between Nicodemus and Jesus Christ by night comes to mind. Nicodemus was seen as a very pious man, but he didn't understand the Messiah's strategy for healing. Nicodemus said what countless others most likely have said:
"What? You mean I've got to go back into my mother's womb and then come out again? Ouch! She wouldn't care so much for that!"

No no, it's not literal. It's spiritual. Then comes the big homerun hitter of Christendom: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son. Whoever believes in him won't die. They'll have eternal life."

That's obviously a paraphrase, but it's a heavy hitting verse which turns hearts around.

Then there's Romans 8:28 paraphrased:
So we know that all things go to the good for those who know God."

When I see brutality in the news, that verse buoys me up.

But then there's the unsung hero of buoy verses, Revelation 21:4! He will wipe away all tears. There won't be anymore pain, nor sorrow, nor even night! People won't need the sun, because the Son will suffice.

February 14, 2018 is another day which will live in infamy. But with that capping verse in mind, all the blusterings of the toothless lion called Satan are just dusty chaff for the fire.