WWJD in a mass shooting/active shooter massacre?
The guy who took up a cross and accepted crucifixion as a divine coronation? Yeah. What would he do? What would he have his followers do?
To be frank, I don’t have a quick easy answer, and I am not entirely settled on it either.
I am sure that Jesus doesn’t shoot back. I am sure that his love, his sacrificial love, pays the price for others, saving nothing for himself. I am also sure his sacrifice is for the deserving as well as the undeserving. (There were actually 20 students killed in Uvalde the other day.) And so, I sense strongly that if Jesus were to refrain from taking a bullet on our behalf, it would only be as a matter of timing (John 7:6).
I’ve been thinking on this quite a lot. It is clear that Jesus loves sinners, victims, bystanders, cops, shooters, as well as IRS agents and whores. He dies for them. It is clear that his “love” answer to all the world’s problems doesn’t merely wave a magic wand and everything is put right. There’s a lot of suffering and waiting for that yet to be had.
Of course, as an American, a voter, and all that, I want solutions NOW! Call a congressman and apply pressure. Right? Go shopping armed and ready to shoot back. Right? Pass gun control legislation. Right?
This gets a bit convoluted here for me. I don’t see Jesus voting or expecting congress to get it worked out. I don’t see Jesus shooting back or asking his disciples to shoot back.
I see Jesus dying on a Roman cross, wrongly accused, but dying, and therein setting this world free.
But how? How do I see that?
Hmmm… I struggle with that part.