It can happen here

By now, most people have heard about the tragedy at Union University in Jackson last week.

Olivia Greenlee, a senior at Union, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in her car on the Union campus. See story in the Feb. 19 issue of the Baptist and Reflector.

Three days later (Feb. 15), Jackson police arrested another Union student (Charles Pittman) in connection with Greenlee’s death. He has been charged with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence, according to news reports. Pittman also served a Tennessee Baptist church in Alamo as a youth pastor and children’s minister.

It’s the kind of story you would expect to hear at a major state university in New York or California, not on a high profile, private Christian university campus in the South. Too often we think a major tragedy only happens far away. That simply is not true. It can, it does, and it will happen again in our own back yards. The only question is “when?” The events of last week at Union are just another reminder that “bad things do happen to good people” regardless of where they are. Christians aren’t immune from a sinful world.

Union President David S. Dockery and the entire university community Union have handled this tragedy as well as or even better than could be expected. No matter how much “crisis” training you receive, nothing prepares you for something of this magnitude.

I encourage Tennessee Baptists to continue to pray for the families affected and everyone on the Union campus in the weeks and months ahead. This tragedy is not something you will “get over” soon, if ever.

The only thing we can hold to is the promise found in John 16:33 (KJV), “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.”

5 Responses to “It can happen here”

  1. Cheryl Ann Conner Says:

    This is just another example of why we should never put our trust in a person but in God. People can disappoint us. Prayers go out to both families.

  2. steve1atwood Says:

    Olivia Greenlee, a senior at Union, was found dead from an apparent gunshot wound in her car on the Union campus.
    Misplaced modifier……
    “Olivia Greenlee, a senior at Union, was found dead in her car on the Union campus from an apparent gunshot wound.”

    Union President David S. Dockery and the entire university community Union have handled this tragedy as well as or even better than could
    “Union President David S. Dockery and the entire Union Universtiy community have handled this tragedyas well as, or even better, than could….”

  3. denjson Says:

    A grammar lesson…really??

  4. Adam Winters Says:

    Well spoken.

  5. Russ Manger Says:

    Thanks for your heart Lonnie! Another example of the times we are living in; acting as if their is no God and thinking we will never have to face Him. I myself am praying for Revival. Blessings!! Russ

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