So, a town called Kalamazoo, about 2 hours away from where I currently live had a random shooting over the weekend. This town also happens to be one that I lived in for my last two years of high school and came home to during breaks from college. My sister currently lives about 15 minutes west and I have many old friends who still live there.
I have read a lot of news articles, but I am not going to pretend to know 100% what happened. What I can tell for certain is that 6 people died at the hands of an Uber driver who decided to go on a shooting rampage.
This is not about any of that. What I am wondering though, is when you hear stories like this who/what do you tend to blame?
A Facebook friend of mine posted about this on her timeline a couple of days ago. She lost a couple of people that she knew and made a statement about how heartbroken she was. In the comments, someone went on talking about how this was the Devil’s work. “Satan is on the rise” this lady said. I can’t put my finger on why, but that really rubbed me the wrong way.
I found myself reading and re-reading the comment hoping that I just hadn’t understood what was being said. Although, I am pretty certain that I understand exactly. Here is the thing though, I don’t think this has anything to do with faith. I say that and I am a religious person, I do believe in God, I attend church regularly.
I tend to believe that more often than not these situations occur as a result of mental illness. We ask, what can we do? It seems to me that the answer can be as simple as be a little nicer to people, reach out and speak to people that maybe normally you wouldn’t, particularly the person in the room who is all by themselves.
For most people, we have no idea what is going on in their heads and in their homes. Though for that moment, we have the ability to connect with them in perhaps a way that no one has for a long time, if ever.
I don’t believe this is a Satan issue, I believe that it is a Mental Health issue. What Do You Think?