Christians Stand with the Jewish Community!
Phoenix, AZ April 27, 2019
On Saturday, the last day of Passover, an adult nineteen year old male residing in San Diego, California entered a Jewish synagogue Chabad Temple in Poway, CA at approximately 11:23 AM Pacific Time. He shot four persons. One person has died and three others are injured, and are being treated at a local hospital. Medical personnel had their cell phones removed in an effort by law enforcement to restrict mis-information from being released. An off-duty border patrol agent responded immediately to help save lives by helping law enforcement bring the suspect into custody.
CEN’s Jewish partner Secure Community Network has released an alert to the Jewish community and a Family Assistance Center at Poway HS has been activated for survivors to come together to talk about their grief and suffering. While law enforcement continue their investigation, they are not releasing any official information regarding motivation. However, prior to officials finalizing their investigation the Mayor and many media outlets have called this a “hate crime.”
Law enforcement partners have confirmed to CEN there are no known threats to the Christian community. However, given recent events churches need to remain vigilant, notify law enforcement of suspicious activity, and update their security plans.
While Christians remain the most persecuted religion in the world, Anti-Semitism has been on the increase since the 1970’s. Just in the last six months, whether it is the attack on Christians in Nigeria, the attack on a mosque in New Zealand, the Tree of Life attack in Pittsburgh, PA or the attack today on a synagogue in San Diego, CA, Christians must take these attacks seriously by working together in providing suspicious behavior information assistance to law enforcement, improving and updating our church threat/risk assessments, providing training for church security teams with plans which address their unique needs.
Everyone has a responsibility to confront the rise of attacks on houses of worship. Christians must stand shoulder to shoulder actively responding to the increasing assaults on people of faith. An attack on one of us, is an attack on all of us!
Former FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force agent Steve Rogers indicates there was no known specific threat to this synagogue prior to this incident. Rogers said we need to do more to educate people in our neighborhoods to provide information to law enforcement in a timely manner, to consider trained armed security at doors, to have squad cars outside the perimeters of churches at risk, and to take advantage of the resources law enforcement provides to assist houses of worship. He also recommends talking to children as they witness these attacks on T.V. to deflect their concerns proactively.
How can our family be ready?
What do Church Emergency/Security Plans look like?
How can I be part of a CEN Safety Security Team in my area?
Survivors of the Poway CA community will know the peace and comfort of Jesus
Christians will alert authorities concerning threats on social media, surveillance activity, or suspicious behavior
Responders will be alert, strengthened, and wise as they work with those afflicted by this tragedy
Help train law enforcement in how best to provide security to churches with open doors
Avoid rushing to judgement regarding motives until evidence is provided
Reach out to the Christian church adjacent to the synagogue/school to help them minister within the Poway CA community
Share the Hope found only in Jesus Christ with those who are asking: “Where is God in this?”
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. 5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 6 If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. 7 And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.”
II Corinthians 1:3-7
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