For those who believe in “luck”, New Life Church, in Colorado Springs has not had much of it.
I tend to see it as a lack of God’s blessing on a megachurch which may not be getting the more subtler hints that God has been trying to send to it (and other megachurches like it) which have traded the Great Commission for a rock band and a corral of “praise and worship pastors”, and the meat of the Gospel and the pure milk of God’s word for the empty platitudes of the many “feel-good” messages and a “seeker-friendly” atmosphere which more often than not coddles sinful behaviour and ungodly attitudes within the fellowship of the beloved, and seeks to be friends with the world (dangerous territory!) instead of seeking the friendship of the One who was lonely in the Garden, and One Who, while on this earth, had no place to lay His head.
Shall I stretch it to say that last year’s departure of the (formerly) Rev. Ted Haggard in scandal, or even the December 9th shootings which felled the 24-year-old Matthew Murray felled several parishioners of this church, as well as two others at a missionary training facility in Arvada (Youth with a Mission) are a mark of God’s judgment on lukewarm churches, like the Laodicean Church which He wrote to in Revelation 3, shall be rejected like one who spits out lukewarm water?
While I grieve with those Christians who have lost kin and friends last Sunday, as we ought to share each others’ hurts as one Body in Christ… I hope and pray that this event causes some megachurch-goers to seek their God closely, and seek answers from His Word. I think that beyond the more obvious reasons of the gunman choosing a megachurch to hose down with bullets (publicity/kill as many Christians as possible before the Police or other LEOs take him down) - was that God wants His people not to slumber under the homogenized, watered-down prosperity gospels and do-nothing gospels and vacationing-rock-n-roller gospels.
The Bible says:
“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?”
1 Peter 4:17, KJV)
Indeed, God calls us to come out her (those churches that preach a false or errant gospel) that we receive not of her plagues. While initially, this speaks of the end-time worldwide heretical church-cult headed up by the Antichrist, this may also apply to any church (small “c” for emphasis) that goes far astray of the Truth.
Now, however, departing from the general exhortation for believers to stay true to God’s Word, we point out the one parishioner, also an (armed) security guard, a female who with the courage of the Holy Spirit (per her account) boldly advanced upon the gunman and killed him with her handgun.
I commend her bravery, which I will on her account, also glorify God and her obedience to the Holy Spirit within her, and her trust in the Lord Jesus.
Reading the Denver Post write-ups on these events, as well as the editorial commentary seems to show a curious mix of apathy, derision of Christians, and the usual outcry of “let’s ban all guns” that rises like a shrill siren call every time a mass shooting occurs.
It occurs to me also, that no matter who we ban from handling, owning, or even looking at guns on TV… that bad people will generally do bad things, and people with a mind to slaughter large numbers of people gathered in one place at one time will somehow find themselves a semi-automatic weapon (or handguns with spare clips full of ammo) with which to do their foul deeds.
Never mind the law abiding citizenry, who, if allowed to either open-carry or concealed carry, just might be enough to dissuade a would-be mass-murder from wreaking havoc some Sunday morning at a church service.
At the same time we are outraged over a lack of police protection, which in other circumstances would also become the same force that might one day bolt your church doors closed (given the well-publicized opinions and the seeming increase in the onrushing tide of anti-Christian expressions along with railings against God and His believers, well expected in the last days)… should we not see fit to elect men to office who will preserve our second-amendment right to possess, carry, and if necessary, use a firearm to defend our life, limb, and property?
Just some food for thought.