Alexis’ profile includes that he was a Buddhist. The ethical conduct of Buddhism is acting in a non-harmful way and living a non-harmful lifestyle. Yesterday’s actions by Alexis do not reflect the path of Buddhist living.
Aaron Alexis could have been a Christian, Hindi, Pacifist or any other belief that resolves to live a life of peace and love towards others. I am saddened Alexis will spend eternity separated from God. I am glad that he did not believe in Jesus, because his actions would have mocked all that Jesus calls us to live and be.
However, my actions of gossip, fear, and distrust conflict with the way I should live as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. In what ways am I better than Alexis? In the way that I have received forgiveness for every sin I ever committed against God in my past, present and future.
Colossians 2:13-14 (NIV)
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.
Tragedy hit the Navy Yard yesterday. Tragedy also hits whenever Jesus gets ridiculed by the terrible behavior of those claiming to follow Him. I am glad Aaron Alexis did not make this claim.