Nashville: Kevin H
We mourn yet another school shooting, this one taking place at a Christian school in Nashville. Within a couple days we will move on, barely remembering the occurrence and details as it blends into the dozens of other school shootings and hundreds of other mass shootings in our memory bank. Mostly, the only ones who will remember this with specificity, intensity, and severity are those who have suffered great anguish of terror and loss and whose lives have been indelibly changed with the lifelong bestowal of grief and suffering. They are left to deal with the fall-out as the rest of us move on and become increasingly numb to a significant attribute of violence and death in our culture.
We move on in our lives, and especially these last several years, we are more and more drawn to the militaristic and hateful rhetoric which assigns all blame and culpability for our society’s problems onto “them”, being those who are against “us” and thus are the enemy. We cling to and champion leaders, politicians, and even pastors who vow to protect “us” and defeat “them”, becoming increasingly comfortable with employing whatever tactics necessary to do so, because we have allowed ourselves to be convinced that “they” are the problem and the great evils of our world reside with “them”. We avoid any problem solving that would include “compromise” with “them”, or consideration of potentially practical steps to restrict the tools that are used to conveniently carry out such violence, as we stand by our rhetoric and beliefs that the problem is most definitely not with “us” or our ways, but rather with “them” and the evil they partake in.
All the while we fail to see how our divisive, combative, and self-serving attitudes are only playing into the cycle that causes all the more horrific violence like we just witnessed in Nashville.
May God have mercy on the souls who were taken from this world yesterday. May God have mercy on the many families and friends who are suffering great agony and torment, that which they will carry with themselves in some manner for the remainder of their lives. And may God have mercy on the people of our nation and of His Church therein. May God bring repentance, healing, and restoration to us, a people in need. Amen.