Unfortunately, we live in a day and time when Mass Shootings are becoming more and more common in our society. According to the non-profit organization Gun Violence Archive (GVA), A Mass Shooting can be defined as, “Any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.” Today, after the most recent events in Ohio and Texas, I want to share three things that the Christian Community can do anytime a Mass Shootings occurs in our Nation.
1. Christians should always pray for the victims’ families. Whenever there is loss of life, there are grieving families left behind to try to pick up the pieces. The Christian community should always cover those impacted by these horrific events with prayer. Why? Because there are some hurts that only God can heal. There are some pains that only God himself can touch. I like what Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Through our prayers, we commend grieving families to the only one that can truly heal a heart that has been broken through unimaginable grief. Christians should always pray for the victims’ families.
2. Christians should refuse to be succumb by fear. When it comes to mass shootings, no place seems to be safe. If we are not careful, we can find ourselves cowering to fear and refusing to get out and enjoy life. But the reality of the matter is that you can stay locked up in your home, refusing to leave, and die in your sleep. We cannot run from death. Job 14:5 states, “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” When it’s your time to go, death will find you. But in the meantime, we should trust in the protecting power of our God. In fact, Psalm 27:5 says it in this manner, “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.” You don’t have to be succumb by fear, God is our protector.
3. Christians should take appropriate action. James 2:26 states “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” That is to say, Christianity is not just lip service. Our faith in God should always be accompanied with the appropriate action. And when it comes to mass shootings, this means Christians should be on the front lines helping to pass appropriate laws, policies, and procedures that will make it more difficult for horrific events like these to occur. It also means, being aware of your surrounds. It means being proactive. When you see something, say something. Be an advocate for safety. Christians should always take appropriate action.
Yes, we live in a day and time when Mass Shootings are becoming more and more common in our society. As Christians, we should pray for the victims, refuse to be succumb by fear, and should always take the appropriate actions. I leave you today with the words found in Roman 12:21, “Don not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”