Blaming The Victim (Luke 23:34-36)

The Covenant School shooting in Nashville, TN, rocked an already school violence weary nation. Immediately city leaders, clergy, and concerned citizens issued statements of support and encouragement. However, there were notable dissenters.

Talk show host David Pakman mocked the Covenant School community. “Very surprising that there would be a mass shooting at a Christian school, given that lack of prayer is often blamed for these horrible events,” he wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Is it possible they weren’t praying enough, or correctly, despite being a Christian school?”

In the aftermath of a horrific school shooting, Pakman and others on social media took to blaming the victims. It was a despicable and deplorable accusation. Yet, it reveals a dark truth about the human heart that will even weaponize a tragedy to support one’s agenda, particularly when it denigrates Christians.

If a tragedy like a school shooting cannot even bring communities together, what hope is there? How can we make sense of this? We cannot. It makes as much sense as mocking an innocent man dying on a Cross.

But Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing up His garments among themselves. And the people stood by, looking on. And even the rulers were sneering at Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is the Christ of God, His Chosen One.”
Luke 23:34-36 (NASB)

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, died on the Cross for sinners like all of us. Even in the last hours of His life, when He was in indescribable pain, He prayed for others. In this fallen world, this is the only way we can make sense of any tragedy, by coming before the Cross. All of the pain and suffering of these shooting victims, all of the vitriolic attacks against Christians, were borne by the broken body of Jesus Christ as He hung on the Cross.

We do not know what we are doing. How desperately we all need a Savior. We need Jesus Christ.

Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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