I feel certain that I represent many Christian readers who are horrified by what took place in Norway last week. It is beyond the pale in every way; it is impossible even to imagine the terror experienced by the young people on that island.
As the story unfolds, I’m sure we will discover that the man behind this massacre was either terribly ill or evil. Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference.
Of course I am distressed to see him labeled as a “Christian conservative,” because I know it will be like gasoline thrown on a fire for some readers – rooted in a presumption that all Christians or all conservatives are somehow represented by this shooter.
Let me be among the first to assure folks that he in no way represents the theology of Christians in general, and clearly his political bent was an extreme perversion of conservativism.
May God have mercy on the families now suffering the agony of grief, as well as on the people of Norway who have suffered these egregious, unspeakable acts that have left a stain on their land. And may God’s will be done with regard to the man who committed this crime.