Tragedy in Nashville

The last few days have been very sad and alarming. There are other terms I could also use, but for now, those descriptors will have to suffice.

Sometimes a blog serves no better purpose than to mark an occasion, good or bad. This is one of those times.

The school shooting in Nashville is heartbreaking. Three children, three adults, and the assailant dead. Chaos and uncertainty are found in abundance. Answers to pressing questions are uncovered, but more questions take their place.

As a follower of Jesus, I don’t typically ask why these things happen. I know why these things happen. This is a sin-filled world, and sinners living in a sin-filled world will do sinful things. Knowing this does not quench the desire for answers, but it does inform what the end result of those answers will be.

I won’t take the time here to talk about the killer’s motive, afflictions, or pronouns. And while I would describe this senselessness as a hate crime against Christians, whether or not that’s true will not reverse what happened.

None of the particulars negate the tragedy. Many things in today’s culture are called “tragic,” but this violent act truly is tragic. And I grieve for those who lost loved ones. I grieve for the school, church, and community. I pray for restoration, for recovery, and that even in the hardest of circumstances, God will be glorified.

Again, sometimes an occasion just needs to be recognized for its most simple characteristic. This was and is a tragedy.

Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:5 (CSB)