On our Sunday June 28th Facebook Live I talked about supporting our law enforcement. In all our church safety training we recommend that you always invite local law enforcement and get them involved. There are several reasons for this. First you don’t want to get yourself into a bid if you do something that is against the law. Make sure everything in your policies and procedures of handling situations is legal. Get them to help you.
The second reason, local law enforcement needs to know that you have a safety team, especially if some of your team members are armed. In case of an active shooter at your church they know that there might be friendlies in the building and hopefully they don’t come in with guns blazing and kill some of your team members. Of course once the law enforcement arrives on the campus, the best thing for you to do is put your weapon away unless you are in the middle of a gun fight and then you need to listen to everything that law enforcement officer tells you to do.
The last reason, to me is really the most important. Are we as a church not supposed to be witnessing to everyone that comes on our property? We will let a complete stranger come through our doors and we will start with a list of questions; first time here, what church did you come from and are you a believer? So why wouldn’t we at least ask three questions to all law enforcement officers that come to our church; do you go to a church, are you a believer and can I pray for you?
So, if you haven’t noticed law enforcement agencies all over the country are under attack. The liberal media wants you to believe that all law enforcement officers just can’t wait to kill someone. They will tell you this is the reason why so many of them join the force, to be able to beat up people and if necessary, kill them. If you believe this in any way, we have another problem. You know what police officers want to do every day they go to work, make it back home safe. Don’t believe me, I will prove my point later.
Now here is the next thing if you have not noticed. In almost every webinar, training or Facebook Live we have done since the outbreak of this virus we have been pushing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) April 8th letter on churches returning to their brick and mortar buildings. The Faith-Based Community of DHS sent out a letter stating, “When you begin efforts to reconstitute services and welcome congregants back into your houses of worship, please also review your security plans and ensure procedures are in place to protect your facilities and visitors. Although there are no imminent or credible threats at this time, there has been an increase in online hate speech intended to encourage violence or use the ongoing situation as an excuse to spread hatred.
Additionally, stressors caused by the pandemic may contribute to an individual’s decision to commit an attack or influence their target of choice. Again, we have no information to suggest such attacks are imminent or even likely, instead we are looking to provide you with useful information for planning for restoration of normal operations, whenever that may be.”
If the COVID-19 virus, stay at home, losing a job, suicide calls on the rise, drug overdoses increased, the George Floyd tragic death and riots across the nations wanting to tear down the government stressors weren’t enough we had someone issue a statement to destroy all images of a white Jesus. Black Life Matter’s activist Shaun King wrote in a Twitter post: “Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been.” He went on to say, “All murals and stained-glass windows of white Jesus, and his European mother, and their white friends should also come down.” I am sure the cross is next on their list of things to destroy.
So, it seems to me we have a common denominator here. Our law enforcement and our churches are under attack by the liberal left or another way of saying, “12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12. My brothers and sisters if you don’t think Satan is a live and moving against our country please give me a call and let’s talk about this. We are at war “against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”.
Those that protect us are under a viscous attack that unless we, the church, don’t stand up, show them our support and defend them we run the risk of losing them. Cities are already talking about defunding the police department or even tearing it down and starting over with social workers going on calls of domestic issues. A little bit of a side note here, when you send an unarmed social worker to a full-blown domestic fight, they return as another victim. I know I have been there.
Are there bad police officers? Yes, as humans we sin. Show me any profession where there aren’t any bad apples. Nobody is perfect and really until Christ comes back for us, we will never see perfect people. So, we must strive to be the example of what Christ would want us to do and believe it or not, He wants us to do good and respect those in authority. Paul writes it so eloquently in Romans 13:1-7.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”
During my run the other morning I came upon a Pasco County Sergeant. I stopped to have a quick conversation with the Sergeant. Not even thinking about it I thanked him for what he does and right before I went back to running, I asked him if there was something I could pray for him. His response was just to go home safe after his shift.
I got home and realized that I didn’t get the Sergeant’s name, so I texted one of my friends who is a Pasco County Corporal and tell him of the incident. I didn’t tell him I had asked what could I pray for the Sergeant, just asked for his name. Before we finished texting, I asked my friend if there was something I could pray for him today, “Just to come home safe each day brother, it’s a crazy world”. Both deputies with the same thought “that I go home safe”. Do you pray that every day you go to work? Pray that you make it home that night to see your family or is it a given in your mind? It is not in theirs and we need to be there for them in this chaotic time. They are there for you, even if they have never met you before. You call; they come.
Brothers and Sister, we as the church must support our men and women in law enforcement. So here is my call to action. I want each church to contact their pastor and have a sit down with the leaders of your area law enforcement and pray for them. Now more than ever they need to know that we are supporting them. Wendy and I will be working on something in our area where we show our support. We must take a stand for those that stand between us and the chaos that is happening in this country right now. We cannot sit on the sidelines anymore. We must take a stance. Support the Badge!
With everything that has been going in the world and our country I was praying last night about what to write in my June blog. I was told my Sunday May 31st, 2020, Facebook Live Post was right on, but I was also told I was a little “preachy”. Not sure what exactly “preachy” means, but I will roll with it. Let me preach a little bit more. We are at war. Not war between the races or sexes but a war with Satan. He is alive and well my brothers and sisters and right now he feels he has the American people on the ropes.
Let’s think about it for a second, Covid-19 hit us hard. In March of 2020, the country came to a standstill. No more than 10 people could get together at a time and in most states non-essential business were to close down. Churches fell into that category. I am sure that Satan thought to himself that if you shut down the churches you will kill Christianity. God had a different plan. It is funny how a lot of us think that Satan uses technology to destroy our families and yet we took that same technology and went to work on expanding the Kingdom of God.
You see, a lot of Christians took this as an awakening. Maybe we have made too much of a fuss over our big buildings and our grandiose services because the spread of Christianity started in small homes, caves and anywhere two or more could get together and worship. Satan hoped we would die but we didn’t, we flourished. I have been on webinar after webinar where churches talk about how their viewing audiences are growing. Facebook, YouTube and Zoom became the places where people come to worship. Satan didn’t take us down, God united us in this crisis. We as Christians saw this as an opportunity to shine, we were the lighthouse in this storm we called COVID-19.
Some of our government felt the need to make sure our churches did not open too soon and, in some areas, where churches challenged the call, issues arouse. Law enforcement stepped in and arrested some pastors for holding church or intimidated members by writing down their license tags at drive in services and even shut down churches that were giving away Easter baskets to members while still using CDC guidelines. Did that stop us? No. Smart politicians came together and pointed out that churches were essential, with the increase of suicide calls and domestic violence on the rise, we needed to get people back to God and some saw it as almost as important as the hospitals for the sick. Churches are in the business of helping those that are hurting. Yes, we are essential and Satan you lost again.
But he wasn’t finished. We had two incidents that Satan knew would pit the races, brothers and sisters against each other. On May 5, 2020, a video went viral of the February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Arbery incident where an unarmed 25-year-old African American man was fatally shot near Brunswick, Georgia. All of us can agree this was a tragedy. So many people’s lives have been drastically changed because of this incident and it saddens me to think about the families of all involved.
As facts of the case started to come to light I feel a lot of people who were so against an unarmed black male being shot and killed by an armed white male started to wonder if this was the war they wanted to get involved in. I was incredibly surprised that after law enforcement arrested those involved in the death of Arbery, the case seemed to have been placed on the back burner. I will not get into the case here but I will say this, no person deserves to die in what possibly could have been a property crime violation. No one. Once again, I feel that Satan was right on scene pulling the strings, working on splitting the country apart, but it didn’t happen. I am not sure why, but I would like to think that it was because all of us around the country prayed for peace, comfort and strength to all of those involved in this terrible incident.
Then on May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died from injuries produced by a white officer who had placed his knee on Floyd’s neck. Floyd was arrested for passing counterfeit money. After being handcuffed and placed face down on the street Floyd pleaded with the officer that he couldn’t breathe, begging the officer to take his knee off of him. Witnesses who filmed this atrocity were also pleading with the officer to get off of Floyd. Six minutes into this eight-minute video Floyd went silent but the officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for two more minutes. Floyd, being unresponsive when placed into the paramedics vehicle, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Satan scored big on this one. This was race against race, police against civilians and even today riots continue to threaten cities across the United States.
I forced myself to watch his horrific incident because I knew the calls would start coming. It didn’t take long. Friends soon called to ask me what I thought. I think the officer that did this should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I think the officers around him that didn’t do anything should also be terminated. I have heard that this officer had a history of unnecessary force complaints. If this is true, then supervisors should lose their job and if the chief of police knew of this officer’s history, he should resign. This is what I think.
But because of this thug’s (sorry can’t tarnish the name of all the good officers in this country) actions we have become a country of great divide. We all can agree that Floyd’s death and the death of Adbery are tragedies. Right, left, black, white, male and female can all agree on these points. We can all agree that we have the right for peaceful protest and some changes need to be made, but it appears we can’t all agree that these riots to destroy our cities and the lives and business of those that live in them are not peaceful protesting but extremist acts against the very fiber of this country.
So, let’s do a recap of what we have been through since March of 2020. CDC says as of June 2, 2020 there have been 105,157 Covid-19 deaths in the United States. We were shut down and stuck at home for over a month and we are now in the slow process of opening up again. Churches are still working on getting back into their buildings because of all the CDC recommendations. They want to make sure they do it right and not cause another outbreak of the virus. And if that wasn’t enough, American cities are being torn apart from riots over the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd.
So back to the beginning on what to write for my June blog. After saying my prayers, I started reading my book “Trumpocalypse” and two paragraphs in this book made me sit up and write down notes on the topic of my blog this month. In Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson’s book “"Trumpocalypse: The End-Times President, a Battle Against the Globalist Elite, and the Countdown to Armageddon (Babylon Code)" they stated:
"While a simply conservative revolution can never succeed, a revolution inspired by Christianity certainly can, because it draws its energies from the existence of the biblical God, the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and his second coming, the truth of the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
It’s these factors, and these alone, that ignited the American Revolution. A true “Christian Revolution” can never happen unless the church, individual Christians, and Christian leaders really believe what they are teaching and then act upon it. Only a holy fire can ignite the hearts of men and women. Mere intellectual acknowledgment of the truth of the gospel will never release the explosive energies of heaven. The human heart, mind, and will must be absolutely gripped with the truthfulness of God’s existence and his purpose for their lives and the destiny of mankind. When and only when this happens will the Christian Revolution occur and radically change our world."
We need a revolution. You read that right, we need a revolution. Now before you cancel your membership and call the police and tell them I am spreading hate, read on. We need a revolution. We need a revolution inspired by Christianity. If you didn’t catch what Paul McGuire and Troy Anderson said, read it again. We need a Christian Revolution. This Christian Revolution is not against the races, not against the sexes, the first responders, the American citizens, the conservatives or the liberal, it is against a much more powerful foe. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12. Brothers and Sisters I don’t know how to be any clearer than what I am saying. Our war is not against each other, our war is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms that are tearing us apart. We need to wake up and take up our full armor of God and get in the streets and take our country back.
Man has been trying to run this country without God for almost a century and what has it gotten us? We have cities in poverty, brothers fighting brothers, a criminal system that needs to be revamped and we have taken God out of everything. Satan has thrown down the gauntlet to the church and my question to all of you is this: what are we going to do about it? Sit back and let him tear this country apart or are we going to stand up for what is right and talk about Christ teachings, Christ love for our enemies and Christ’s thinking on how to treat one another? Well what are you going to do?
I don’t know about you, but I am tired of the talk of Christians being weak, we are not. I am tired of Satan attacking this country and taunting us like Goliath did against Israel. We need to suit up. “13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” Ephesian 6:13-18.
We just need to get organized. I know some net-workers so I am going to reach out to them to find out how we can get this started. I am tired of Christians talking about things that are going wrong and not doing something about it. We need a Christian Revolution. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” (thank you Greg Heckroth). I am tired of the whining, it is now time to put together a Christian solution, who is with me?
Jim has many years of law enforcement experience and has run the safety team at his church for several years. TSA was formed after he realized God's calling when multiple churches reached out and asked him to present at their church.