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Despite increasing media reports escalating the Family Research Council incident today in Washington, DC, CEN’s Security Officer issued an incident report from first-hand accounts by Christians within the FRC building. The account indicates a shooter came into the lobby, where extensive security protocols were in place, and shot a guard. The FBI is conducting an investigation, part of which includes bomb sniffing dogs and the ATF entering the building. The shooter is in custody and the situation is under control, however the media is not.

CEN has been in close communication with the Department of Homeland Security and requested DHS make a formal statement calling upon media to cease and desist from politically exploitive rhetoric currently escalating a security incident now being managed by local and federal law enforcement.

Whether it is the Milwaukee shooting this past week or the 5- 10 churches who may be affected by a fire incident this month nationwide, no Christian organization or church is immune from a potential incident that has never occurred before.

Having good strong relationships with your local law enforcement is key to a quick effective preparedness plan and response.

ReadyCity and ReadyChurch Security officers will find these few tips helpful with building relationships with local law enforcement.

This Sunday, in honor of the victims that were killed last week at the Sikh temple, we are asking for you to join the Faith Community in a moment of silence to honor their memory.

Often times, people will wonder what they can do to help in times like this. As a Christian, we have the responsibility to provide a biblical response through prayer, caring for victims, and sharing the hope that we have in Christ.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund released a statement on August 9th asking for the Faith Community to stand with them in solidarity as they honor the victims. They “hope that this National Moment of Reflection at churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and community centers across America will send the message of blessings for all, and that we stand united against hate and intolerance and as part of a common humanity.”

Frayed RopeAs I sit down to write this blog/devotional my thoughts are swirling…should I share about a sermon my pastor preached this past week on getting the answer to the question asked by Gideon when he asked, “Why are we having so much trouble if the Lord is with us?”

Should I share some reflections on a quote by Lincoln that was brought back to mind after the shooting in Colorado? The statement that questioned God’s will between sides. The statement that says, “In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party; and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to affect his purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true; that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, he could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun, he could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”

Should I reflect on a passage I read in a book this past week that explains how God calls us to live in the tension between humanity and Christ-likeness?

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?  1 John 3:17

It wasn’t that long ago that I was in a business management class at a small college in San Diego.  One of the assignments for the semester was a group project. The instructions were to work in a team of 5 people and create a set of instructions that would show how to build a small model boat.  We were to design the boat, provide a blueprint, and the build the model boat to show and demonstrate our product.   I sat down with my group of motivated leaders - poised and ready give all they had to this project.  However, what seemed such a simple project, in short order, turned into a complicated nightmare that kept me awake until 4am in the morning.  In the first hour of our planning time came 5 different opinions on the grandeur of how this small model boat should look.   Suddenly a small model boat turned into a world-class yacht.  A simple plan would yield a simple set of instructions, but several members were on the fast track to show off their artistic skills rather than focusing on the requirements of the assignment. I was hindered from accomplishing the assignment’s goals, and my frustration grew. My teammate’s egos were getting in the way because the sky was the limit.  They wanted to build the coolest model boat ever, but they were missing the point of the assignment.

In an article done by Assist News regarding the shooting that took place last Friday, Michael Ireland, a Senior International Correspondent, shared the story of a lady who was at the showing with her 2 teenage children. She made a statement that I believe resonates the truth that needs to be remembered in this time. She stated:

Yes, there was one evil act, but it is being covered by thousands, possibly millions of acts of kindness.

It’s hard to wrap our minds around how people can do such evil…especially when it is directed towards our fellow man.  While there is no easy way to understand, if we ever truly can understand at all, the article also provided an answer. In a statement by Dr. Ted Baehr, a media expert, he explains: