Forgetting our Mission: Mass Shootings and the Church

What God Wants for Your Life | 8/19/2019 | Staff
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What can we do when tragedy strikes on a large scale, rocking our sense of wellbeing and security? That is the kind of question that Christian communities have been asking themselves of late in the wake of successive mass shootings, and it isn’t an easy question to answer.

Much of what anyone can do seems to lie with other people and institutions. That is the case, no matter what one thinks might be the cause or causes.

Issue - Illness - Solution - Treatment - Strategies

If the issue is mental illness, the solution lies with better treatment strategies and laws which that make it easier to get people help. Not all people who experience emotional turmoil turn to violence, and those who are tempted to turn to violence are unlikely to seek treatment. In an effort to preserve individual liberty, we have made it harder for other people to make those judgments – and with good reason. So, it will take time and careful legislative work to ensure that anything really helpful can be done.

To the extent that such violence represents the work of domestic terrorists, here too the work to be done lies beyond the average church goer. In a helpful article, Clint Watts points out that the kind of careful work done to counter foreign terrorism needs to be done in an effort to battle domestic threats as well and white supremacists in particular:

Approach - Terrorism - Congress - Terrorism - Oversight

We urgently need to reset and standardize our approach to domestic terrorism. If Congress is truly concerned about domestic terrorism and serious about its oversight responsibilities, it should immediately hold hearings to clarify the extent of the threat and identify needs. The homeland-security and judiciary committees should gather data about domestic terrorism’s different variants and ideologies and ensure that the U.S. has the resources and personnel to meet each threat. At the same time, the...
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