[Kay's note: could add Oklahoma, Sandy, fire victims, etc. ...]
“As I pondered what to say to the sorrow-drenched community, I felt my faith strangely affirmed, not shattered. . . I was drawn back to Bishop Desmond Tutu’s writings on his experience in South Africa. As head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he braced himself for a test of his theology, in part because “good Christians” had carried out so many of the crimes in his country (apartheid being the brainchild and official doctrine of the Dutch Reformed Church there).
“Day after day, Tutu heard eyewitness testimonies from the victims of brutal assaults. Afrikaner agents beat suspects senseless and shot them in cold blood. Blacks “necklaced” collaborators, hanging tires around their necks and lighting them on fire. Yet after two years of listening to such horrific accounts, Bishop Tutu came away with his faith strengthened. . .
“Despite the relentless accounts of inhumanity, Tutu emerged from the hearings with this conviction: ‘For us who are Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is proof positive that love is stronger than hate, that life is stronger than death, that light is stronger than darkness, that laughter and joy, and compassion and gentleness and truth, all these are so much stronger than their ghastly counterparts.’”
from: National Tragedy and the Empty Tomb
by Philip Yancey
Christianity Today, April 2013 (p.24)
“Not even senseless murder can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.”