A piece I wrote last weekend on Christian businesses prompted a snarling response from a reader who clearly was no follower of the Son of God. “Hail Satan!” it closed.
I thought nothing of the comment, chalking it up to the hostility Christians sometimes face from non-believers. That is, until I saw the news reports of the horrific shootings today at a suburban Denver movie theater.
The suspected triggerman, 24-year-old James Holmes, will be described variously as “troubled” or “unstable” or “detached from reality.” But I am convinced that the young killer was operating under satanic influence.
Of course, to attribute today’s murder spree in the Rock Mountain State to the supernatural machinations of the evil one is to invite ridicule from those who refuse believe there are demonic forces at work in this fallen world of ours.
But the Scripture warns us that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
The secularists that control much of our society – from academia to media to government – will attribute Holmes’ mass murder to causes that fit their world view.
Indeed, already the liberal Boston Globe has posted an article suggesting that stronger gun laws would have prevented the carnage.
Well, the writer obviously hasn’t visited Switzerland – as I have – where guns may be found in practically every home, but where there is no gun-related violence to speak of.
The Swiss disprove the fiction that guns cause murder. It’s twisted individuals, with no respect for life, no fear of God, that cause murder.
That’s not to suggest that the 24-year-old was the member of some satanic cult, like something out of “Rosemary’s Baby.” In fact, almost no one who commits murder – or molests children or sells drugs or prostitutes women – is a knowing Satan worshipper.
And that’s exactly how our adversary, the devil, wants it.
He walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He exerts his ungodly influence upon lost souls, like young man Holmes, without them ever being the wiser.