David said to Solomon:
“My son, I had intended to build a house to the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me saying,
‘You have shed much blood and have waged great wars; you shall not build a house to My name, because you have shed so much blood on the earth before me. Behold, a son will be born to you, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side; for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.'”
This indicates, I believe, that God’s plan for his people is to move us beyond shedding each other’s blood, and toward non-violence as the way to honor our Creator. Those of us who can appropriate such truth will extend the work of God’s prince of peace beyond the brutal nature of our human history.
In the wake of yet another tragedy of national scope, my prayer in Jesus’ name is that we will, some day, overcome by his grace our vengeful wickedness.