Sunday, December 6

Church Shooting - Houston

HOUSTON - Those weren't church bells ringing at the Market Street Baptist Church in Northeast Houston Saturday morning. It was gunfire ringing out just before 10 a.m.

What is the emotional trigger that causes a person to commit a crime? Specifically, what would have to happen to cause you or someone you know to be willing to take a person hostage and eventually take your own life? I hope that you are never able to come up with an answer to these questions. For me I pray that I am always able to look towards the Lord for strength even in times of trial.

1st Corinthians 10:13 (ESV) No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Unfortunately crimes like this are becoming all too common in our churches across this country. A common trigger that most law enforcement officers would contribute to this action would be directly related to domestic problems within the home. To compound the problem issues tend to surface more during the holidays.

It is important to try to notice signs of aggression prior to a person committing them. Pastors should take this issue seriously and look at how their church counseling programs are being run.

1 comment:

  1. Brian - this is really good info, in fact, your entire blog contains a wealth of information that I believe can be applied not only to churches, but schools and hospitals, as well.

    I think especially during the holiday season, we need to be vigilant of those in emotional distress -- whether because of financial problems, family issues, even post traumatic stress syndrome suffered by our soldiers. It is important for us to recognize that not everyone sees the holiday season as a happy time and the associated festivities certainly can exaggerate the suffering of those already in psychological pain. Maybe these people will not seek counseling, because of their pride - but we can identify and reach out to them. As I tell my 11 year old, you never know the power of one conversation, one hug, or one smile for a person in pain.

    Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do - Jenni