Guest Post by Greg Stier, President of Dare 2 Share
Editor’s note: This post is appearing on Greg’s blog this morning. We reached out to our friends at Dare 2 Share and ask if we could share his thoughts on the horrible news out of his home state overnight. As a staff, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting, and with the people of Colorado as they deal with another seemingly unexplainable tragedy.
Along with the rest of America I’m shocked and saddened at the mass shootings that took place in Aurora, Colorado at this morning’s 12:01 am premiere of “Dark Knight Rising” the latest and last of the Batman trilogy. As of this writing twelve people are confirmed dead and many more are in the hospital. My heart breaks for the victims and their families as I’m sure yours does to. I hope we are all committed to praying for these families and the recovering victims in the days and weeks to come.
I live in Arvada, Colorado, only 24 miles (a 30 minute drive) away from the Century 16 Movie Theaters at the Aurora Town Center. So this shooting hits especially close to home. I also am only 22 miles away from Columbine High School where a similar tragic shooting unfolded just over 13 years ago. For some reason the Denver area seems to be a haven for this kind of tragedy.
This morning I got a text from my friend and fellow preacher Derwin Gray. He is a church planter and pastor in Charlotte, North Carolina but is best known for being “The Evangelism Linebacker.” Derwin traveled with Dare 2 Share for two years and we have grown a powerful friendship as a result.
Our text exchange was this,
“It’s crazy how shootings take place in Colorado”
“I don’t understand” (my response)
“I meant Columbine and now the shootings last night at the Batman movie.”
“I know. I just meant I don’t understand why this happens so much in Colorado.” (my response)
“I wonder if there is a demonic stronghold….”
My one word response was “probably.”
This little text exchange got me thinking. It got me thinking about another “Dark Knight” who ruled the heart of a gunman in Aurora last night. It got me thinking about Satan’s role in the Columbine massacre on April 20th, 1999 when he invaded the hearts of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold. It got me thinking about Satan and the stranglehold he has in the souls of so many. Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that this dark knight, “comes only to steal and kill and destroy” and he did just that last night. He used the trigger finger of this twisted madman to steal innocence, kill people and destroy hope.
Frankly, as broken hearted as I am for the victims I’m infuriated with Satan. I’m sick and tired of his twisted, anti-God, anti-life ways. Yeah, yeah, I know that James Holmes is the 24 year old suspect the police have in custody and the judge won’t buy “the devil made me do it” defense. But, according to Jesus, we can’t hate James. Jesus said in Matthew 5:44 that we are to love and pray for our enemies.