Because of the shooting which left 26 dead, some churches have a plan of armed defense against such aggression. Christians need to remember our Lord’s rebuke of Peter when Peter sought to defend Him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52). Another Scripture to remember is this: “Unless the LORD guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).
Far more important than protecting ourselves, we should be concentrating on faithfully proclaiming and hearing the Word of God. If for faithfully proclaiming God as Creator, humans in need of humble repentance before Him, and our only hope and life is in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ—if in doing this we are shot and killed, then we join with a great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us (Hebrews 12:1). In the meantime we are invited to trust our God who not only “guards the city” but also His little congregations of believers. Sunday service at Peace Lutheran Church is 9:00 a.m.