Processing Public Tragedy

By Richard Nelson


November 5, 2018

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Eleven people were killed and several others injured after a gunman entered The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh and shouted "all Jews must die!" The FBI is now investigating in what many are calling a hate crime. So how do we respond to such tragedy? Some will be calling for gun control and better security. Others have rightly called out inflammatory political rhetoric that contributes to hate. We need to elevate civility. But a more immediate and proper response is to weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn. We ought to support the families who are deeply hurting. Such acts remind us that evil lurks in the hearts of men but our charitable and compassionate response is a reminder of our humanity. Please pray for the families and that their community would heal.


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