He is why we are different.

Some say church security is different because churches must be open and welcoming. Casinos have to be open and welcoming. That is not what makes us different.

This Resurrection time reminds us of what truly makes us different. It is all about Him; Jesus Christ our Lord. And He is all about them – the ones we protect and even the ones we protect them against. 

Right there is what makes church security different. It wasn’t conjecture when we, “gave our life to the Lord.” It was an act of affirmation. This is no test drive.

We are first an ambassador of Christ. We represent Him in everything we do. Christ stands for all that is good. Satan stands for all that is evil. We stand where those two worlds collide. 

Paul, the architect of church operations, got it. In 1stTimothy 2:4 he said Christ, “wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” In the 8thverse he urged us to “pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” 

Worthy priorities!

Lest you think of Paul as a passivist however, consider 1 Corinthians 5 (1-11). He instructed the early church on dealing with a degenerate member; verses like, “put him out” (2), “turn him over to Satan” (5) and “don’t even eat with such people” (11).

Yet right in the middle of that tirade, we see the reason for Paul’s anger, “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (6).

I’ve often spoke in my presentations of how Dave (one of our security team members at New Life) ran down the hallway clearing children as shots were going past him and them. He was running with dual purpose though. He was also headed towards his truck to get his .45. He had not yet been authorized to carry his weapon while serving, but he recognized this was a time to break the rules. 

As soon as got to his truck and reached for that .45 however, he heard me say over radio that the shooter was down. He reached not for his gun but for his medical bag. 

In an instant he defaulted to the ministry role.

 

Think About it

Our desire is that all receive Christ. That is who we are. We pray (first), but we also post.

He is what makes us different.