Advisory | Act of Pure Evil

Aware

"In an act of pure evil” 64-year-old Steve Paddock opened fire this morning on a crowded music concert in Las Vegas, NV.  With over 22,000 in attendance for the open air event the gunman strategically killed 58 and injured over 500 more. President Donald Trump called for a complete investigation, strengthening of the national bonds and values that unite us, and for prayers and support for those who are suffering. 

As the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation probes, what appears to be a “lone wolf” incident, for motive and why the perpetrator chose this soft target, local police nationwide consider checking the bags of those entering hotels or high-rise buildings. One local police officer responding alongside other heroic first responders, both professional and self-deployed, said: “We knew it was just a matter of time before this became local.” Christians need to follow the example of Jesus Christ, our “First Responder ” to mobilize and respond as one to these increasingly unsettling incidents. 

The Lord wants us to be ready for these uncertain times. He is waking up His disciples from their spiritual slumber, denial, uncertainty, and general lack of preparedness for the days ahead. From the ravages of the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, to the earthquakes and volcanoes forcing evacuations globally, with an increase in church vandalism and shootings, or cyber attacks affecting millions there is destruction all around us. 

We need only to turn to God who spoke directly of acts of pure evil, like the Las Vegas massacre, when He said: “I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of the faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with them.” Psalm 101: 3-4God’s power breaks this bondage to overcome the adversary!

Scriptures point the way, as Christians are to bring the Hope of Christ in any emergency large or small. We are to pray in one accord, care for survivors and first responders, and sensitively share the answers when those in crisis ask: “Where is God in this?” 

Ready

What would happen if something like this were to strike your family, church, or community? 

Be ready to give an answer for the Hope of Christ within you and mobilize your family, church, or Christian community spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically. 

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Pray

  • For the survivors, their families, and first responders that the Lord will strengthen them, and give them the peace that " passes all understanding."  And, for their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being to work through this tragedy and turn the pain for good. 
  • For local churches to open their doors in support of those who are hurting and seeking answers. Help us, as Christians, to actively listen!
  • For churches to unite to assist in the response effort with wisdom

Care

  • Reach out to those who have lost loved ones and offer support. A hug goes a long way in reaching those who are hurting and grieving.  
  • Send a note of thanks to a first responder in your area to express gratitude for how they put their lives on the line for you every day, especially running into the line of fire. 

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  • Faith: “We have this hope (Jesus) as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.” Hebrews 6:19
  • Hope: “Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and He guided them to their desired haven.” Psalm 107:6
  • LoveFinally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another. Love as brothers. Be tenderhearted, be courteous, not returning evil for evil, or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, returning blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you might inherit a blessing. I Peter 3:8,9