Please listen to this song. Especially the third line, it applies especially to this post- the Joker more specifically.
Most of you have probably heard about the shootings in Colorado. Some guy dressed up as the Joker from the movie "The Dark Knight Rises" went into a movie theater and started shooting people. (Find the details here: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/20/witnesses-to-batman-massacre-describe-terrifying-scene/ and here: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/07/23/shooting-suspect-in-court-with-orange-red-hair224093/ )
The stories I have been hearing about the heroic acts of others have been on my mind lately. Three guys and their girlfriends entered that theater. One guy and three girls made it out alive. When the shooting started the men either pushed those girls to the floor or threw themselves on top of them in order to save their lives. Two men died, the third was shot three times .
One of the men who died had earlier (in life) told his buddies that he wanted to die a hero.
Men and women died in that shooting. Children died in that shooting.
Children.People all over the country are praying for the families who have lost loved ones.
What about the Joker*? Is anyone praying for him?
What about that young girl that could have been in the audience? What if she was totally excited for her birthday the following week because she would finally get to see her over-worked dad? What if she died?
What about the Joker? What traumatized him so much as a child that he would grow to hate mankind?
What about the rest of us? What are we supposed to do with this catastrophic even that just rocked so many of our worlds?
What about the Joker? What if he really is sitting in a jail cell grinning evilly at the chaos he has created? What if he really is crazy? Is there any hope for him- at all?
What about the mother ready to commit suicide because her husband and son are dead? Who will comfort her?
What about the Joker? Can he come to his senses and realize what he has done? Will he be the old man in a jail cell waiting to die? Will he be the one begging God for mercy when no one else will?
What about you and I? What will happen when we are put to the test?
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10 (KJV)
What about the Joker? Is anyone praying for him? Would I? If I gain the strength to pray for him, will I?
“And be ye kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 (KJV)
“forbearing one another and forgiving one another. If any man hath a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.” Colossians 3:13 (KJV)
… will I?
* I am calling the murder suspect "Joker".