A Biblical Response to the Las Vegas Shooting

In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in US history, what are Christians supposed to do? The world may criticize us on social media offering “thoughts” and “prayer,” saying that’s not good enough. We may even have our own doubts. And yet are called to mourn with those who mourn and pray for those who hurt.

Jason Aldean was singing on stage at the Route 91 Country Music festival in Vegas when the sound of rapid popping began. “We thought they were fireworks,” eyewitnesses explained—until they started seeing the wounded on the ground. The music stopped. The shooting continued. And then the screams began as 22,000 people scattered, seeking safety.

It’s hard to process the level of depravity taking place in today’s fallen world. It affects us all in so many ways. President Trump spoke strong and solemn words in the aftermath, calling it “an act of pure evil.” With more than 50 dead and hundreds wounded, America is a nation looking for answers and comfort.

To help us grapple with this horrific event, I turned to a friend of mine, Dr. David Powlison. He’s a biblical counselor and Executive Director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. I asked him to help us think through this tragic shooting in Las Vegas, and were we can turn for hope.



There are a number of verses that Christians turn to in the wake of tragedy. I’d like to leave you with just one of them that speaks into my heart and reminds me how God is in control, even when everything around us no longer makes sense.

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18


As the leader of the Haven Ministries, Charles Morris is always thinking of ways to lead Christians and non-Christians to Christ—hence the familiar slogan, “Telling the great story … it’s all about Jesus.” A former secular journalist, Charles has worked for United Press International, and as a press secretary for two former U.S. senators. He and his wife, Janet, have authored several books, including Missing Jesus. Charles’ latest book is Fleeing ISIS, Finding Jesus: The Real Story of God At Work.
Most of the thoughts above are taken from broadcasts of Haven Today. Corum Hughes serves as the editor of this blog and coordinator for Haven’s social media content. A graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Corum lives in Boise, ID with his wife Molly.

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