A gunman with an assault rifle stormed a church in rural Texas on Sunday, killing at least 26 worshippers and wounding 20 others in a rampage to be notched into a litany of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent years.
The lone suspect, dressed in black tactical gear and a ballistic vest, drove up to the white-steepled First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs during Sunday morning services and started firing inside. He kept shooting once he entered, killing or wounding victims ranging in age from 5 to 72 years old, law enforcement officials told a news conference.
“We are dealing with the largest mass shooting in our state’s history,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said at the news conference. “The tragedy of course is worsened by the fact that it occurred in a church, a place of worship where these people were innocently gunned down.”
Jesus the Messiah never promised His followers an easy life, full on success on Earth. Rather he reestablished the broken relationship with our Father in heaven, by paying for our sins. And being raised from the grave, for our justification.
Related to the times before the second coming of the Messiah, the Bible testify about horrible times. In fact, Jesus says the human race will experience distress at an apocalyptic level. That would surely include mass deaths, and terror as bad, an unheard of since the creation.
For then there will be great distress, unequalled from the beginning of the world until now – and never to be equalled again.
2 Timothy 3:12-13
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
Christians must rebuke all false teachers, who preach prosperity. The purpose of our faith, is not a long life on Earth, will wordily pleasures of all kinds. The propose of our faith, is to be with the Lord forever, inside the Kingdom of Heaven.
God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit is capable of keeping us alive on Earth, as long as they desire. But when called home to Heaven, we will depart to a fare better place. Stephen became a martyr at young age. John the baptist were beheaded, as Jesus walked on the surface of the Earth. And all the disciples of Jesus were martyred, less John, who possibly died a natural death at old age. All of them now live forever, inside the mansion that Jesus has prepared for them inside His eternal kingdom. Amen.
What about you?
Written by Ivar