The aftermath of the Aurora shooting demonstrates something quite clear to me: Christians are adept at cleaning up after the tragedies their God saw no reason to prevent. Christians are better than their God.
This is a testimony to the strength of human nature. When something goes terribly wrong, there are always people who throw themselves into helping those who are affected. Of course, in the case of mass shootings, it is also human nature that leads to the tragedy itself. Human nature varies greatly from person to person, and from moment to moment.
The great irony here is that many Christians believe their good deeds to be possible only by the grace of God. The same God who allowed a mad man to mow 12 people down in a crowded movie theater. God’s grace, it seems, is as sporadic and unreliable as human nature itself. (No surprise, given that God is created in man’s image.)
It’s been quite embarrassing, I must say, to see the complete lack of answers provided by the alleged “experts” of religion – pastors, ministers, and priests – as to why God would allow such an awful crime to be committed. Some even try to downplay the importance of asking the question in the first place.
Indeed, it’s not a little shameful that people should continue to believe in a benevolent, all-powerful God in the face of such damning evidence. Yet they insist on doing so. They cling to the fairy take like a baby clings to his pacifier.
But people can be forgiven for doing this, because people are not perfect. People need comfort. They need stability. And many Christians demonstrate real strength in their support of others. This, once again, is where they shine, while their god fails.
Christians are better than their god.