I have written a lot of articles because I love to write. There is something so exhilarating about sharing your deepest thoughts, even more so if those thoughts are helpful to others. I realize that I haven’t written anything since October because unfortunately for me business has picked up. I am a specialist and I specialize in protecting houses of worship. On October 24, 2018 a man attempted to enter the First Baptist Church in Louisville Ky. He was unable to get access so instead he went to the nearby Kroger’s and killed two elderly black people. On October 25, 2018 authorities started to find bombs. Finally, on October 27, a gunman entered a synagogue and killed 11 people. This is the worst week we as American’s have had to endure in a long time.
As a person whose job it is to prevent such things from happening, I must do more than just shake my head. I must ask the question, why? Have we as a people lost our collective minds or have we become so callous that we no longer care? The United States is the most populous Christian nation in the world with an estimated 240 million followers, but you would never know by our collective behavior. As a believer, I understand it to not be a religion but a lifestyle choice. To attempt to follow Christ is the highest order. I believe the truth of the matter is within us. I can work until I am blue in the face conducting seminars, security sweeps and protection details but it all means nothing if we never take an introspective look at ourselves.
Let’s start here. If you think that it is fine to perpetrate violence against someone because of:
- Their political belief
- Spiritual belief
- Sexual orientation
- Financial circumstances
Please stop calling yourself a Christian because you are giving Christ a bad name. Christ himself said many would come in his name but instead of lambs they would be ravening wolves. It is a shame that one whose life reflects compassion, care and love for all would have followers that can’t even sit across the aisle from each other on Sunday. Until we all realize that there is only one God that watches over us all we will continue to see these types of things, just read the book. Until we do, what should be our course of action?
As much as I would like to educate and prepare every ministry in this nation, I can’t. Seek training from professionals in your community. Transform your ministry from an extremely soft target to one that still promotes love and compassion, but with a diligent eye. Never assume that because you are a ministry that you can’t be armed. The first task of Aaron when the tabernacle was established was to appoint warriors to stand watch over the people as they worshipped.
Connect with other ministries to collectively watch over one another. There should be a local network within the community that serves as an intelligence clearing house. If there has been an incident with in one house of worship, it shouldn’t be unknown to all the others in the same city. Social media should be used to keep abreast of issues or concerns. I have found that the best way to defeat evil is to be aware of it.
There is a scripture in the Bible (Hosea 4:6) which states my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. In this day and time, it should not be so. We spend all our days connected to information and we should use this information to protect ourselves. If we spent anytime at all examining this problem and not only deciding on a course of action but following it, we could stop most of these attacks. The Kroger killer was thwarted from killing people in a church by a locked door. Please understand that no law will protect you from those bent on killing, it doesn’t take an AR/Ak a pack of matches and gasoline will do. Know what you will do the moment after you hear “gun!”. I don’t care what anyone tells you arm yourself and pay for the best training that you can afford. Do whatever you can to ensure that you have a future.
Repent. That’s what I said, repent. If you are true followers of Christ this path is available to you. Only the cleansing of this tar of intolerance from our spirits can restore the greatness of this country. When we become our brother’s keeper and practice the Golden rule then we can expose the enemies that hide within the flock. A wise man said, “In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends”. Jesus wept.