It appears that the perpetrator of last week’s massacre in Aurora sent his diary to a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado, from which college he had formally withdrawn the previous month. It details meticulously what he intended to do. It might have prevented the tragedy, a grievous, bitter thought in the aftermath of the carnage. But, it was not opened until four days later! It was found, still in the package, in the school’s mailroom. Police said, “There were drawings of what he was going to do in it–drawings and illustrations of the massacre” (via TheDenverChannel.com).
We cannot know if the shooting could have been prevented, even if the package had been opened. It depends on who would have opened it, when, and how motivated one might have been to alert police prior to the attack occurring. But, in that the book was not opened, it had no chance of saving any of those who’s life was either ended or permanently changed.
There is another book that has gone unopened by the majority. It is a book that details life rather than death. It inspires hope and not fear. It details, step by step, where we all came from, why we are here, what we are to do, and where we are going. It has never failed to lead its readers to the best life now and the only desirable life to come.
If there is a tragedy greater than Aurora, this is it! You and I have the opportunity to help people open the book by which they will one day be judged (cf. John 12:48; Rev. 20:12). May we do whatever we can to help other people open the book of books. May we open it ourselves, to govern and guide our own lives. To do otherwise is the grossest neglect imaginable!