When evil hits home, as in the Tucson, Arizona shooting, we seem to always come back to that theodicy question: Where was the just God to prevent such evil?
N.T. Wright offers us some insights on the matter, though some might not find them altogether satisfactory:
“We are not told—or not in any way that satisfies our puzzled questioning—how and why there is radical evil within God’s wonderful, beautiful and essentially good creation. One day I think we shall find out, but I believe we are incapable of understanding it at the moment, in the same way that a baby in the womb would lack the categories to think about the outside world. What we are promised, however, is that God will make a world in which all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well, a world in which forgiveness is one of the foundation stones and reconciliation is the cement which holds everything together. And we are given this promise not as a matter of whistling in the dark, but in and through Jesus Christ and his death and resurrection, and in and through the Spirit through whom the achievement of Jesus becomes a reality in our world and in our lives.” (Evil and the Justice of God, p. 164, bold added)