On November 5th at 11:20 am, the country was shaken to the news of the Texas church shooting. The First Baptist Church, being a small church in a sleepy town called Sutherland Springs, was already underway in their service, when a man dressed in all black (including a black mask with a skull on it), began blasting into the church, killing two people outside of the church.
Then continued inside, indiscriminately extinguished the lives of 26 Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, and wounding 20. If this were to happen anywhere in the country it would be devastating for the people of the area. But to a small community of approximately 700 people, this is a huge hit to the people of Sutherland Springs.
Up to three generations of some families were effected in this attack. Ranging from infants to the elderly, this is just an incredible act of evil, which ended with the assailants demise. I can imagine that there are many facts that will be provided about all of this, as the days continue, and investigations take place.
Here are a few questions that I’d anticipate from just about anyone. Weren’t these people at church worshiping the Lord? How could the Lord allow this to happen? Where was God when this happened?
Where was God?
These are the most honest questions I could imagine anyone asking during a time such as this. When wickedness seems to go on unhindered until it’s task is done, it’s completely understandable in my opinion, for people to ask where the Lord was during all of the horrors that took place that day in Texas.
The answer is impossible to receive for those who don’t know the Lord, or are not saved and given over to Christ Jesus. But there is an answer.
For me, the best way to understand things of this nature, is to take many steps back, and take a look at a bigger picture. He was right there, witnessing all of it, and receiving his own unto himself.
2 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
For these folks there is no loss, but gain the promise of the Father, and are received by him into his Kingdom. But the loss and the pain is left behind, being experienced by friends and family after having lost their loved ones. These are the ones who need help, charity, love, understanding, or anything that might ease the suffering from their loss.
But the victims who died from the shooting are being well cared for, better than they’ve ever been before. Walking the streets of gold, and are right now headed to the Throne of the Lord, to continue on with what they were doing in the first place. Giving praise and honor to the Father.
And though this is not the plan of the Lord, nor was it his will for a gunman to have done what he did to all of those people, I am confident that he foreknew what was going to happen, and prepared the souls for all who he knew would fall to be received by him. The ones who died are not the ones facing any issues or problems at this point, but the survivors are the ones who are deeply in need of prayer and support.
To be honest, My concerns would be for the souls of those who survived. Perhaps there was a type of protection on certain people who weren’t about to go to Heaven if they were the ones to die, but needed to be around for a space to repent and receive Christ in a meaningful way? Perhaps the hand of the Lord was more merciful toward those who were faced with eternal damnation, than those who were faced with eternal life?
In most terrible circumstances such as this, we wonder why the Lord’s mercy didn’t protect those who have fallen. For example, in the shooting, one of the victims was an eighteen month old child. Why? There’s no way on earth I’d know the reason for that. But I do know that whatever age that child is right now in Heaven (which doesn’t conform to time as we know it), he or she is anxiously awaiting to meet the rest of their family, when they reach the end of their race.
As the saying goes, ‘Bad things happen to good people.’
Why do bad things happen to good people?
Who do bad things happen to good people? Because we live in a place where bad things happen to all people. Nonetheless, some people decide that when something bad befalls someone, or a group of people, that sin must be in abundance. I can almost hear people saying down the road sometime, that the church must’ve been displeasing God somehow, in order for him to allow this to happen.
Even the Lord ran into situations, where he felt the need to point out that bad things happen to the good as well as the wicked. No doubt, sin can cause a lifetime of grief, but things will always happen, that do not reflect the spiritual life of those who have died from some sort of calamity.
Luke 13: King James Bible
13 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
In the verses above, the Lord is pointing out that the victims sin wasn’t the issue concerning calamities. The fact of the matter is, we are living in a fallen world, where there is evil happening at all times, to all kinds of people, both the sinner and the saint.
Matthew 5: King James Bible
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
So please give no ear to anyone who thinks that this happened because the church had fallen out of the will of the Father. Personally, I’ve got no clue whether it is or isn’t a church that was right on with the doctrine of the Lord. But so what? There is an overabundance of churches like that across the country. And, there are several that are right on concerning the Lord and the Word of God as well.
In my opinion (again), those churches that are on fire for the Lord, are probably more at risk, due to the dark forces that want to quench that fire. Those that get along a bit better with the world, are that much less at risk.
Spiritual war is real, and at times spills out into the natural. It is in every way possible, that what happened in Texas is a prime example of that. An example that we should take heed, and take a good long look at the times that we’re living in.
Matthew 24: King James Bible
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
There is one detail that would lead me to believe, that this is a demonic attack, performed through this guy who’s screws were loose enough to manipulate. That detail is the action taken, before he went into the church building.
He began shooting up the building, then entered as he was shooting. Could that have been done to avoid any kind of chance to be bound by a Saint of the Lord? Provoke shock and awe, so that nobody is in the mind to do anything spiritually to hinder the situation from going the demonic route that it took? Nobody having a chance to start praying?
The reason being used by the police is that it was a domestic dispute that fueled this rampage, between this man and his ex-mother-in-law. That excuse may have been very real, but wouldn’t it have made more sense to go after the person he had a gripe with, rather than attacking anyone and everyone at church?
This isn’t the first shooting that we’ve seen having to do with a church. There have been several over the past couple of years. I would suspect that there will be more, and an increase in frequency in attempts to do so.
There doesn’t have to be any form of organized terrorist groups conducting attacks against the saints (though there are many that do exist). When thinking about demonic attacks, all they really need is someone available, inhabitable, and easily manipulated. And as time passes, and the love of many are growing cold, more and more people are becoming wonderful hosts to these beings, even willingly giving themselves over.
IF they can convince someone to kill, they’ll do it. If they can get someone to carry out any one of their dark desires, they’ll do it.
We are indeed living in the last days. This world will one day celebrate actions such as what we saw happening in Texas. As wickedness gets more in our faces, so must we also rise to meet them, in the power and in the strength of the Lord God Almighty.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. Our country has been given a reprieve, but make no mistake, it isn’t going to be forever. When Satan is cast down by Michael, and hits the dirt knowing that his time is short, the world won’t be terrified of him, but will be looking to work along side him against the saints.
Talk about a test of faith. When the days get darker, what are you going to do about it? Will you cower and hide from those who will seek to silence you, or will you stand in the fear of the Lord and in his strength against all comers?
Personally, I’m hesitant to answer that question, but hope that when the time comes, that I will stand strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. I’m sure you all would hope for the same things about yourselves. Because we have that special gift of the Holy Spirit of God, that connection between us and the Father that Satan will never have. And that is the perfect love, that will cast out all fear.
Thank you for reading this post. Pray for the wounded and the families of victims of the Texas church shooting, and that the Lord makes space for any who are not saved, to be saved and comforted in the Lord, and granted his peace that passes all understanding.