Today, another bloody act of terror struck Boston during its annual Marathon, killing at least three and injuring scores of others.  While we mourn the tragedy and the loss of life, perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that nobody can say he is surprised.  Such events, which would have been world-shattering cataclysms just a generation or two ago, have become entirely commonplace now.

Few people seem to have any answers as to why murder, terrorism, rape, and all manner of acts of violence are a dozen times more widespread now than they were within living memory of many of our elders, back in an age that is now denounced as bigoted, racist, homophobic, and intolerant.  Certainly, liberalism has no answers.  Their answer to gun violence is to take away people’s guns.  One simple word can refute that folly: Chicago.  Conservatives generally have a little better notion of what to do, as some of them will at least point to the influence of psychotropic drugs on mass murderers, and usually are against trading liberty for security.

Nevertheless, none of the public voices in our society seem to recognize the spiritual root of our problems.  When tragedy strikes, there tends to be an upsurge in religion.  People congregate in churches, and even the political rhetoric will cool down for a day or two.  But when was the last time we heard a governor, a congressman, a president, soberly telling the people that these calamities are marks of God’s judgment upon our society, and that we must repent of our murders, fornications, and multitudinous perversions?  We may take it a step further and add that it is not only the political figures of our time who are silent upon this matter, but the biggest names in Christianity are just as quiet.  They bemoan the tragedy, but have nothing better to say than that God had nothing to do with it (which is a lie), and that God loves everybody and wants to make them happier.  This does nothing except to comfort people in their spiritual delusions.  

I listened to the coverage of the Boston tragedy on my way home from work today, and heard the commentator reminiscing about the September 11, 2001 attacks, and how it brought people together, and made us “a better people.”  This is a tragic deceit.  While admiring the self-sacrifice of the many who risk their very lives in times of danger, I beg evidence of any improvement in the national character.  Abortion continues to drown our land in blood, the advocates of sodomy grow ever bolder, and the general immorality becomes more noxious every month.  No, tragedy does not make us better people.  Usually, all these calamities do is make the people all the more willing to trade away their rapidly shrinking liberties.  It has done nothing to draw them to God.

Until the message of Christ, “Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish,” begins to be preached again, we may expect no improvement in society.  Today’s tragedy was another warning that judgment is not on the way, but that it is here.  Those who believe in God and love the Lord Jesus Christ, must pray that in wrath our God would remember mercy, and grant a spirit of repentance now, as He has not done before.