I believe an opportunity has emerged for Americans to do some serious soul-searching, and this appears to be underway:
But will we find the right meaning?
I believe something that is important to notice are the "coincidences" surrounding what happened.
First off, there's the issue of Sarah Palin's target list and map that including a gun sight over Congresswoman Giffords' name and congressional district as examined in my prior blog. Incredibly, the Arizona representative commented in an interview with MSNBC in March 2010: "We're on Sarah Palin's targeted list, but the thing is that the way she has it depicted has the cross hairs of a gun sight over our district, and when people do that they've got to realize there's consequences to that action."
As more facts have come to light, it appears that the shooter, Jared Loughlin, was utterly deranged and, rather than being politically motivated, may have acted based upon a perceived slight from Rep. Giffords because, at a town hall meeting in 2007 similar to that of the shooting, she failed to answer his bizarre question: 'What is government if words have no meaning?'
So even though all this is seemingly an unrelated coincidence, Sarah Palin has come under extreme criticism by the political "Left" that has the "Right" crying foul. It seems to me that our nation's bipolar insanity is becoming clear to all who are willing to see.
On a harmonious note, the most innocent victim of the shooting, 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, was one of 50 children born on 9/11/01 that was featured in the book, Faces Of Hope:
On the page that followed her baby picture in the book the following appears:
"I hope you know all of the words of the national anthem and sing it with a hand over your heart."
Think about that.
Recently I've been considering the notion of God's will and recently came across an intriguing writing by St. Augustine, dubbed "The Triumph of God’s Sovereign Good Will", that seeks to argue that God's will is good and man's ill will is used toward God's good purposes. Maybe we can see this here in a tragedy that took the life of an innocent child named CHRISTina.
As with the tragedy that occurred on the day Christina was born, God is presenting us with a challenge to see our own ill will toward one another to bring forth His good will through us to help resolve division and animosity.
Can we rise to the occasion?
Or will America find hope in the responsibility and sanity of this?
Might and intimidation do not make right, and neither of America's political poles represent God.
Pray that our Creator somehow uses the ill will of creatures on all sides toward the greater good of our redemption.
I believe there's a reason the tragedy in Tucson occurred. I believe there's a reason America's "Liberty Bell" cracked (~ three times).
Finally, and most tragically, I believe there's a reason America's enemies operate under the banner
of 'submitting to God's will' (Islam) to 'share for the common good' (Communism).
America has been led into temptation and is being delivered into Evil IMHO:
The most crucial issue of the day is how to undo the fate man is making,
and on this score the Tucson tragedy can help us to see the truth if people are willing take off their self-important blinders and look.
We need to learn to love one another.
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." [John 13:34]