As a nation, we need to heal. As Christians we need to work to be Christ-like in our reactions. For those of us involved in security; we need to get prepared.
Timothy J. Fancher · November 13, 2017
Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
In reflecting on the absolute evil that the nation is still reeling from; the murder of 26 of our brothers and sisters in Christ at a small church in Texas, certainly, this verse is comforting. Many have wrestled with the same emotions of so many. Worldwide Christians have ranged from an anger that is almost scary to wanting to crawl under the covers while crying out to God: Why?
As a nation, we need to heal. As Christians we need to work to be Christ-like in our reactions. For those of us involved in security; we need to get prepared, get tactical and focus like never before.
We are past the time of needing to make a case for security in a church.
It is fully understandable that this is so upsetting that it makes one not even know what to do. However, churches cannot be distracted or disrupted from their mission. Right now there are churches scrambling to come up with solutions.
Since the horrific shooting, many churches that have money to to pay to have hired security/off-duty police officers.
What is heart-breaking is that there will likely be people who do not go to church out of fear. Fear. That is the key word. It would be so very easy to let fear permeate the atmosphere of church in the coming Sundays after the mass shooting. From the little rural church on a dirt road in Oklahoma where everyone knows everyone to the Mega-Church in Las Vegas where hundreds, thousands of unknown faces are commonplace; fear will be winding its way through the aisles if allowed.
In 2nd Timothy 1:7 Paul says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (KJV)
The Amplified translation reads as, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control].”