Parcels from the Preacher: June 16, 2024

Parcels from the Preacher: June 16, 2024

It is a challenging conversation on the right course of action regarding Church Safety. It is not complicated, as in, “we need to do something,” but rather, “what do we do?” and “who is going to do it?” One camp will state the irrationality of having to have this discourse, and I agree, but we are not far removed from times when people did what was right in their own eyes. (Judges 21:25) Obviously, violence among the innocent is not new. (Ecc 1:9) Some will argue that “there is no place in the assembly for loaded weapons” and they are entitled to their opinions. Others voice, “God will keep us safe and if it happens it was meant to be.” They, too, are entitled to their position. Both groups have made valid points for their argument again and again.

Here are some things to consider while posing the issue and deciding where you will stand yourself. One, people are people, and unfortunately, some, not all, will commit acts of violence toward someone or ones who did nothing to warrant that behavior. We know this, but God DID NOT make us for this activity. (Gen 4:7) Two, guns and other weapons have a purpose. I would never prescribe this intent to harm or for the taking of an innocent life. (Matt 26:52) Can we assume it’s God’s will that the innocent should die in a situation like this? That would be implausible. God demonstrates nothing but love for His creation and wants the BEST, not the WORST, for ALL of us. (Romans 5:8) Even those of us who waste this precious opportunity on doing evil. (2 Pet 3:9) Should we always trust God to protect us? YES. (Pro 3:5-6) Can a person carry a loaded weapon into the assembly for their or other’s protection lawfully? YES (Acts 5:29) Should you hire outside Security for times of worship? Should the doors be locked during the assembly? Should Church Leaders man the hallways and monitor in and out traffic? I am unsure what the resolution will be at your location, but here is the deal…” we need to do something.” It begins and ends with prayer, a change of heart from the evil mind, and this, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” Psalm 62:8.

Archie R. Green


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