“Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the Lord called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.””

Ezekiel 9:3-4 NIV



My heart is heavy for the 26 people gunned down in worship in church this past Sunday in Texas.

How is that those who come into the house of the Lord for worship can be vulnerable to attack? It seems that violence has become the way of the world and while we are putting all of our attention on “illegal immigrants “ as potential threats, we have homegrown terrorists wreaking havoc with automatic weapons that shouldn’t even be accessible to ordinary citizens.

It’s time for the people of God to grieve for a change. Yes, we are saddened but have we lamented for this horrific crime that mirrors Las Vegas and Charleston where innocent people are picked off by white gunmen. Have we lamented for the innocent young black men shot down by racist police officers? Have we lamented over young black children being shot down by other young blacks and browns in urban areas?

The common thread is the over proliferation of guns to people who should never have had them. The shooter in the church this Sunday was denied access to purchasing a gun legally but still found one to kill 26 people ranging from 5 years old to 72 years old.


 

 

  1. The glory of God came into the temple to instruct the people. The only thing that has spared us in our places of worship is the glory of God. We are all vulnerable and God is speaking to his church to wake up and grieve for a change.  God’s spirit is speaking to us to wake up and make a change.
  2. He instructed the man with a writing kit at his side. God is speaking to his church to instruct the people with the ability to write to change legislation for tighter gun restrictions. Yes, it’s an act of evil, but what are we going to do about it other than keep lowering the flag every time a maniac gets a gun and fires on innocent people? We need to write letters to our congressmen and senators for tighter gun control.
  3. Put a mark on the forehead over everyone who is lamenting these detestable acts.  God told the man with the writing kit to put marks on the foreheads over those who were grieving the detestable acts of Israel’s idolatry. God was about to judge the whole nation and only those with the mark would be spared. We can no longer close our eyes to the evil that’s going on in our country. Acts of racism and hatred; acts of corruption and collusion; acts of callousness and greed; abuse of power and idolatry; fascism and nationalism. We need Christians who can stand up and stand out to speak truth to power before there are more tragedies from a country who has made an idol out of gun violence in the name of freedom. 

We live in a country that has executed its Presidents and prophets and now it’s citizens are vulnerable to a violent culture spawned from rebellion. It’s time for us to grieve for a change. We need to repent from killing Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr , Malcolm X, and all the unarmed people of color shot by police from 1994-2017.

My heart goes out to the 26 people murdered in that church, especially the pastor who lost his 14-year-old daughter. We have to do more than be sad. We have to grieve for a change and take a head count of Christians who are sick of violence in our nation and challenge the lawmakers to make it stop!


Dear God,

Jesus told Peter to put his sword away because those who live by the sword will die by the sword. Violence has become a way of life for us and your people are dying every day from gun violence; red, yellow, black, and white. It seems that your judgement has come upon us but I also know you to be a loving and gracious God who does not take joy in the death of innocent people. God, hear our cry as we repent for closing our eyes to murder and wickedness in high places. I plead the blood of Jesus over every house of worship. I pray that you put a seal of protection over every believer who is grieved over senseless violence and hatred.  There is a remnant of your people who haven’t drunk the “Kool-aid” of nationalism and fascism. Cover your remnant and protect those who come into your house to worship you.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen!