In the aftermath of a shooting, it was reported that five died and eighteen were injured at a gay club in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Arrested at the scene was Anderson Aldrich as the shooter. Immediately, the liberal media transformed the shooting into a hate crime, with the participation of the club itself, in condemning the attack as being motivated by “homophobia.” Basically, the media narrative went that hostility towards “family friendly drag shows” and child mutilation caused this shooting to occur.
In reality, this shooting is the product of evil forces clashing together. Just as a volcanic explosion requires pressure in the earth, so too did this shooting occur after a pressure cooker of ingredients gave way to tragedy.
The shooter, Anderson Aldrich, was casted as a right-wing extremist, only for the truth to reveal that Aldrich identified as “nonbinary” in the court documents, much to the demise of the media narratives. Aldrich had a history of violence, including an arrest over making a bomb threat against his grandparents, only to suffer no consequences. Born Nicholas Brink, he would change his name to Anderson Aldrich to disassociate with his father. The origins of Aldrich are the consequence of his degenerate father, whose lifestyle of MMA, hard drugs, and porn under the name “Dick Delaware” deprived his son of a father figure. American society is wrought with the pervasive evil of absentee fathers that damage youth and lead them towards violent crime. Though not confirmed, add in psychiatric medication and there is the profile of a mass shooter: absent father and SSRI medications. None of this is to justify his actions, but the underlying tragic circumstances of the shooter’s background are causational to the shooting itself.
Then comes Club Q, a Colorado gay bar which was hosting a transvestite night and would have hosted an “all ages” drag brunch the following morning. The same degeneracy widely condemned and documented by platforms like LibsofTikTok and reporters at The Blaze was set to happen in Colorado Springs. This was a temple of groomers. Nothing about this club should engender sympathy as it is participatory in sexual exposure of children to degenerate behaviors while being a hub of immorality. There were no innocent victims, only wickedness to be found. Five people died in their sins. For those that died, it was judgment, which will be carried out on Anderson Aldrich in the years to come.
The question then follows how the church should respond to such an event. The world will still look to blame the church for its orthodoxy, and the shooter’s use of the word fagot could still be levied against those who oppose the Rainbow Jihad. Furthermore, even as the initial narrative falls apart, the martyrdom will still be levied in favor of children molestation and mutilation.
The cliché response is that the church should make itself available to comfort those in need. In truth, tragedy presents an opportunity for hearts to receive the gospel, yet this demands a call to repentance for those who survived. The gospel is not a sales pitch or grief manual, but a command to repent and live in obedience to Christ. No amount of corporate prayer (which should happen every Sunday in church) will alter the worldly calls to condemn the church and is unlikely, apart from the will of God, to change hearts. To those who hate God, the calls to condemn the shooting by those in the church will be insufficient and trite. In the eyes of the world, being against the sin is responsible, even if it is proven patently false in the shooter’s motivations. Contrary to Kelly Williams of Vanguard Church in Colorado Springs, relating “to our fellow image-bearers through the universal language” of pain does not overcome the worldly blame ascribed to the Church. The world does not distinguish between sin and sinner when personal identity is tied to the former. Lauren Boebert is still a bigot for offering her prayers. Jenna Ellis condemning the sin, and quite frankly, stating that unrepentant sinners go to hell makes her uncompassionate. But that is part of the gospel, even if it is uncomfortable. One must inherently accept that they are deserving of judgment for their fallenness.
For those who survived, they must be called to repentance of their sins, which is why they were at a gay club in the first place. They were not innocent in their sins, only spared the worst consequences in the immediacy. Richard Fierro is not a hero for stopping the shooter, but a horrendous, derelict father who brought his wife and daughter to a gay bar. Like the other survivors, Fierro was given mercy. He still has the opportunity to seek forgiveness and be saved.
This is not the moment to soften our message. The sword of truth should not be dulled, but rather we should engage harder against the spiritual forces that factored into this shooting: a degenerate father who left behind a broken home; a broken son seeking identity in the world; a criminal justice system that failed to punish previous criminal behavior; and a hub of sexual immorality that connected all those who were killed and injured.
The Church is to be the city on a hill, but too many would find it more compassionate to place a lampshade over the gospel for fear of making others uncomfortable. In every aspect of this shooting, there was darkness, starting with the breakdown of God’s design for the family. Let the Church be the light to the world.