The quoted phrases from the Bible show the intention to stay alive, to survive. In an active shooter attack, it is the intention of the assailant to kill. If we intend to survive, we must know how.
This fictional story was written to illustrate a response by a congregation to an active killer attack during a church service.
“Janice, this is Charles Woodly. I work with him at Michael’s Machine Shop.”
“Welcome to Middlefield Community Church, Charles.”
“Thank you, Janice. John has been asking me to come.”
As John started to enter the center door to the sanctuary, Charles said, “I’d rather sit to one side or the other.”
They sat more than halfway down the left side aisle. As they settled down, Charles looked around, noting locations of exit doors.
Many church services begin in familiar ways, nothing particularly out-of-place. It is easy to take it all in stride, feeling safe and secure in friendly surroundings. For many of us, going to church is a reprieve from the pressures of the workaday world in which we spend the rest of the week. For us, Sunday is our day of rest in the week.
That is the way Sunday or Saturday at church had started in several places during the past 20 years, only to become a day of stress, not rest, with an active shooter incident. The incidents were planned by the assailants. Sadly, in most cases, a response had not been planned by...[Click Below to Read Entire Article]