First, please visit his blog to read the essay, then return to read my comment and share some thoughts of your own.
Your essay covered the gamut of feelings and thoughts that developed in my mind after this awful tragedy. I read what you had written at your blog late last night. There weren't any comments yet, and I could not write one at that time. I needed to ponder all that you wrote, think about it all, and then write a comment today.
Back in 2008, I wrote that Heath Ledger was said to have been haunted by the Joker character. Some people agreed, others claimed that he "loved" playing that character. I really think that evil affects people drastically, even when they can't admit it.
I didn't see any of the "dark knight" movies. The description that you provided cements my decision never to view them. Those who watch such evil movies, or movies with blatant curse words, or movies that disparage God, or movies that display disgusting porn become desensitized by the violence, aberrant sexual sin, hatred/disregard of God, and celebration of evil.
Jesus warned us that the closer we get to the end times, it would be "as in the days" of Noah and Lot. The secular world today celebrates abortion, homosexuality, sexual sin, perversion, lies, evil, sin and death. No wonder Jesus told us that his kingdom is "not of this world."
Thank you for this post. I plan to link to it in my next blog post because I think that people desperately need to read the wisdom, knowledge, and excellent analysis that you have provided. You tell the truth; as difficult as it may be for people to acknowledge or accept. What is most important is that you also provide the only way out - knowing Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
Your last two paragraphs are some of the most compelling that I have ever read! You have the ability to turn a huge tragedy into an invitation for redemption through Jesus Christ! That is what the world needs to read. It is better than any psychologist's words, psychiatrist's words, or any other human effort to try and comfort those who mourn.
Only the living God, His living Word and Son Jesus Christ, His written word the Bible, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God can change the human heart from one of stone cold evil into a heart that can be redeemed to live with God forever in eternity.
God bless you this day and always. It is my prayer that your essay will reach millions who desperately need such words of wisdom today.
Your friend and sister in Christ,
Bill Muehlenberg's Culture Watch blog.