When something terrible happens, we have a tendency to place blame. We blame parents, schools, facilities or the lack thereof, the law, law enforcement, drugs, guns, television, music … God. But what is really to blame?
“What causes the fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” – James 4:1
God gave us free will. We all have choices to make. We can either choose to do things God’s way … or we can choose to do things our way. Each and every time we make a choice that opposes God, whether we do something we know we shouldn’t or fail to do something we know we should, we sin. Such sin has consequences whether we realize it or not. All that we do affects something or someone else which, in turn, affects something or someone else and repeat … endlessly. In other words, the choices we make matter. They have eternal consequences.
Why is there such ugliness in the world? Because we bring it into the world with each poor choice we make. If we want to change it, to turn it around, we must turn to God ... each and every one of us. Ask Him what He wants us to do. Then do it.