We can’t ignore the capturing that occurred on the church in Texas. It was tragic. There isn’t a different strategy to say it. However, please, don’t keep away from church due to the capturing on the Sutherland Springs Baptist Church. I say that for 2 causes:
▪ First, current historical past tells us that you’re no much less more likely to be a sufferer of violence in case you are in church than in the event you have been in a movie show, a faculty, a softball subject, a shopping center — or simply strolling down the road. We live in a sin sick world dominated by violence and a scarcity of respect for human life. Violence has not all the time been this random, however it has all the time been a part of life on this earth. I suppose it wouldn’t take an excessive amount of digging to seek out mass murders and mindless crime all through the historical past of “the civilized world.”
▪ Secondly don’t avoid church due to the Texas capturing as a result of if religion means something, it ought to give us hope within the face of demise. Reportedly, one of many wounded women stated to the woman mendacity subsequent to her on the ground of that church, “We’re going to heaven.” As callous and insensitive as it’d sound, let me bluntly say, if religion means something, what higher time to die than in church worshiping the God you’re keen on? Because the Apostle Paul stated in II Corinthians 5:eight, we who know Jesus Christ have a confidence that to be absent from the physique is to be current with the Lord. Earlier than he stated that, Paul additionally stated, “We’re of excellent braveness…” Paul advised the Thessalonian church that believers shouldn’t grieve “as those that haven’t any hope.”
If my religion is in Jesus Christ, my hope shouldn’t be in security or safety measures. Sure, we would like our church buildings to be protected. Sure, church buildings all throughout our nation are taking steps to attempt to make their worship providers a spot of peace and safety. However since we can’t insulate ourselves from all acts of violence, we should always then flip to the one God who may give us hope and confidence for an afterlife if we should always come nose to nose with demise.
So, don’t keep away from church due to a capturing in Texas. There are tons of of hundreds of locations of worship in america the place there was no violence — however you can hear a message of hope and salvation.
Pastor Larry Clever
Highland Group Church