People will run to conflicting narratives and debates following such tragedies (as the Oregon shooting), Ed Stetzer writes for Christianity Today.
Some will say that this is a gun control story, others a mental health story, and others, a story of Christian persecution. But compassion and lament should precede debate, and initial reactions should be shaped by our compassion and our beliefs about the gospel.
As such, our first reaction to such horrific events must be to pray for the families of the victims, the family of the shooter, and anyone else who will face the hardest days of their lives in the weeks ahead. Then, second, Christians must ask, “How do we respond to something like this?” in light of our faith.
Stetzer lists four ways Christians should respond to tragedy. They are good examples. One example is we are not to take revenge.