Thom Rainer just wrote an article how to prepare your church for an active shooter.
Thom’s work is mainly for Americans and I get that and his article is just for Americans. It’s not for Europeans, it’s not for Chinese or Japanese or Australians. It’s not for South Africans, West Africans or people living in South America. It’s not for Russians or Iranians or the Indonesians. It’s not for Canadians or East Africans. There are a handful of countries in the world it might be for – parts of ISIS controlled Syria perhaps and the continental USA.
Now there are plenty of places where it’s not safe enough for Christians to worship in the open and that should be noted but even in many of those places it’s unlikely that their greatest threat would be a mass shooting.
So I am very confident that our church Stockholm and the church I led a church in the UK does not need a security plan (#2) to cope with an active shooter.
I am very confident that we do not need a local police officer at our worship gathering to secure our safety (#3).
We do not need a church security ministry team (#5).
Thom closes his article by saying “Active shooters are a harsh reality of church life today.”
Not in Sweden, not in the UK, not in nearly every major developed nation on earth. Just the US.
It’s a cultural issue that I do not understand and not sure I ever will.
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