The tragic school shooting incidence in Trollhättan, Sweden, draws attention worldwide. Both in English -, French – and Russian – (not to mention swedish -) language media, for example, is the conclusion with few difficulties drawn, that the perpetrator had the inspiration from, among other sources, the “Star Wars”-figure Darth Vader. I must admit that I am personally quite unfamiliar with that figure.
I just took some impressions of a photo-presentation like the one above. Why is formed such an ideal? Is there any reason for some reflection about it? It seems obvious that there is a need for a certain type of leader. A Warrior King with cosmic dimensions? A “Christian” Führer, or a Caliph? The prophet Ezekiel writes about how it should occur such kind of a “hero”. A great religious leader and a military chief by the name of “Gog” (Ezekiel ch. 38-39), who attack peaceful people, because he is disturbed by – their safety (Chap. 38:11).
Why are people safe? If they are. Is it a reason for sudden knife attacks and other acts of violence, that people are misguided in their safety and security? It may be appropriate to analyze the security, ones own security, and check whether it is genuine or fake. It can in no way be real, if we use it to put us above others and tease them.
A testified way to gain a true safety is to repent before God, to surrender your life to the Lord Jesus Christ, and serve Him. It was He who taught what we still can read in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew: “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. ” (Matthew Ch. 5:38 – 42) Jesus began his entire ministry to preach repentance: “Repent! The Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
(Matthew Ch. 4:17)
By the way: one who does not exclude the possibility that even a “Darth Vader” fan can repent, if nothing else, at least from the very path of violence, is a Norwegian survivor from Utøya. He has written a very interesting article for The Guardian – yesterday – which ,after a short beginning, start out this way: “In 2011 I came face to face with Anders Behring Breivik on Utøya island in Norway as he carried out his atrocious massacre. He pointed his gun and fired at me but missed. I survived and later testified against him in court. What we’re now seeing in Sweden resonates heavily with me. In moving on from the Breivik trauma, and since becoming involved in working against violent extremism, I have come to understand violent extremists as individuals capable of change. .. ”
In the article he writes further about some interesting observations he made .