If you didn’t hear, there were two shootings at different churches yesterday morning. One was in California, a Catholic church, and was reported to be a family matter with an ex-husband shooting his ex-wife and her boyfriend, the woman dying, the boyfriend is in critical condition last I heard.
The second was in Texas, a small town Baptist church, where at least 26 were killed, and 25 were injured. The shooter was a 26-year-old male who claimed to be anti-religion pro-atheist, and pro-Antifa. He arrived around 11:20 and open fired at the outside of the church before entering and shooting multiple magazines into the congregation. The ages of death range from 2 years of age to 72 years.
We must pray for the souls of those who killed yes, and we must also pray for the soul of the man who did this atrocity. We must pray fervently for the emotional healing of the families who had their loved ones stripped from them with no warning.
We must also act.
We need to realize that nothing will ever go back to the way it was. We now know that churches are not safe places like many have thought. Even if time passes and nothing happens, there are no more attacks ever, we still have to live with the fact that it did happen, thus it could happen again.
History has been made in the worst way. What can we do about it, you and I?
All the arguments that say you must only trust God to have nothing bad happen to you have been dispelled with this horrific shooting, because no one would dare to say that those who were in that church weren’t trusting in God, for they were in a church!
Prayer and Action, that must be the Christians man’s response!
So there’s the question, what can we do? What can we do to make our churches safe so that they are not seen as targets by those who seek to do harm?
As a man, I have all sorts of ideas going through my head. I know from now on I am going to make sure I am sitting on the edge of the pew close to a door so that I can easily get out and engage if an intruder enters. I am going to be more vigilant when someone I don’t recognize, or who looks suspicious enters the church. Even to the point of following them if I have to to make sure they don’t mean harm.
Am I judging by appearance? Am I being unchristian? Of course not! I am being cautious because 26 plus of my brothers and sisters in Christ are now dead because of one man.
I am also going to be changing my garb slightly. I am going to wear pants I can move quickly in, I am going to wear shoes I can run in if need be. I am going to remember that anything is a weapon, that I can be throwing songbooks and hymnals at a bad guy as I’m moving toward him so as to distract him.
My friends, we must respond to what has happened, otherwise, the next time something like this happens, and I can guarantee you it will, we won't be able to act!
We have had three shootings in the last week. If you didn’t hear about the shooting at Walmart in Colorado, three people were killed when a man entered and starting firing. Now two shootings at churches where almost thirty are dead combined. What will it take?
You know what I think? I think we need to have ushers who know what to do if a bad situation develops in church. We need to have ushers who are ready to defend, who have anything from pepper spray to a metal baton, anything, to help them subdue a threat.
If you still think this is crazy talk and nothing like an attack could happen at your church, then I will pray for you. We used to only hear of attacks on churches taking place in the middle east, then they started popping up in Europe, now they are here on our own turf.
I need to know that if something were to happen I wouldn't be the only one to respond, but that I would have other people who have processed this, thought about it, who wouldn’t panic but back me up, so that even if I die tackling the intruder first, there will be others right there to finish the job for me.
I am going to do my best to be ready for anything. What about you?
God bless you all, Zac.