On Sunday morning, March 8, 2009, a deranged and violent person causally waltz into the First Baptist Church in Maryville, Illinois and unloaded 4 rounds toward the pastor as he stood in the pulpit, with one of the rounds finding their target in the chest of the pastor. The pastor died as a result of this senseless act.
A while back in January, a Richmond, VA pastor was attacked in his study on an early Saturday morning by two men who came in and demanded money. He was stabbed several times and beaten.
While these are two examples of senseless acts of violence, random at best, it still causes one to ponder and consider what in God’s name is going on in America.
Then there are the gun control advocates who want to take away the guns from the law abiding citizens–which really means that it would only cause more people to be in harms way without having a means in which to protect themselves.
Had there been someone in the congregation who was a law abiding citizen with a concealment license and having his weapon on him or her, that pastor might still be living.
In the case of the Richmond Pastor, had he had a gun nearby, he could have used it for the purpose of thwarting off his attackers or fully disengaging their acts of crime by stopping them in their tracks temporarily or permanently.
You say, “We don’t need guns.” No, but what are we going to do if we DO need one?
I have people say to me, “Pastor, God’s going to take care of us.” I know that.
I also know that God gave us a great brain, super good logic and reasoning. I also realized that if David had not had that sling the day that sword-toting giant threatened him, he would have been up that creek where he got those five stones, with out a paddle.
I’m glad that the Bible tells us Nehemiah stationed guards around the city with swords in the people’s hands as they rebuilt the city God had called him to rebuild and restore.
Look, with the economy in jeopardy, crime will become rampant. People will become more depressed because the money god they depend on isn’t working out for them. When a person needs money and they don’t have it and their hopes of getting it look slim to none, they will do whatever is necessary to get it. Mark it down.
As believers, let’s be smart and don’t stick our heads in the sand as it relates to protecting ourselves. And let’s not be so religious that we inwardly fear that which we think might come upon us.
That’s what I think about it.