The CSC Takes Evil Seriously

In April 2007 Americans witnessed the worst massacre of students in our history¢â‚¬¦32 students were killed and many more injured on an idyllic university campus in West Virginia¢â‚¬¦

In an era where escaping reality by watching reality TV
Certain events force us to linger and actually think about real reality¢â‚¬¦

CS Lewis once said, “coming to understand anything
we must reject the facts as they are for us
in favor of the facts as they are.”

What are some of these facts as they are?

1) Evil is real and good people are not immune its effects.. ON talk shows across the land I’ve heard people explain this event by talking about missed medications, a badly wired brain, the failure of school counselors to pay attention to the warning signs. We seem willing to blame almost anything without actually facing the fact that this is a fallen world in which humans commit horrendously evil acts.

2) Our entertainment culture has turned evil into a form of entertainment. Media culture is not to blame for the massacre in West Virginia, but there is no question that violent images in film, violent lyrics in music are desensitizing us to the evil that gives birth to violent acts. When Cain murdered Abel the story was reported but was not taken lightly. When we can watch bloody violence on the screen while casually munching on popcorn, we know we are becoming dehumanized.

3) Evil dwells in every human. Lest we fall into the trap of thinking that evil is only out there in culture or resides only in a special class of evil people, we need to recognize one of the aspects of the gospel that rings truest. All have sinned¢â‚¬¦there is none that is righteous¢â‚¬¦no not one. This is what Solzhenitsyn was getting at when he said–. “If it were only so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”

4) Beauty shines through even in the most horrific evil acts. This was true in West Virginia when Liviu Librescu, 76, a holocaust survivor and engineering science lecturer at Virginia Tech for 20 years, lost his life, but only after saving the lives of several students. He heroically blocked the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman before he was fatally shot, ironically on the same day that Israel marked Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day.

Wherever evil raises its ugly head
The CSC’s
sees it
recognizes it¢â‚¬¦
names it

So that we can resist it¢â‚¬¦

Because the CSC takes evil seriously

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