The Cape Times reports that Hillsong Church in Century City in Cape Town, South Africa has been the target of a robbery. Apparently two suspects, one of them armed, entered the church and robbed employees of their mobile phones. Fortunately nobody was harmed however something like this could easily have turned into a hostage situation or innocent lives could have been lost.
This follows a number of incidents at places of worship including the most recent, last Saturday’s senseless shooting of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg in the USA. Read more. GOD TV also reported on the shooting of 27 believers at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Read more. We have also been quick to rally believers to pray for the victims of school shootings and healing for their families.
It’s clear that places of worship are now no longer regarded as off limits and like schools have become targets to people of evil intent. As a result of this the Church worldwide is going to have to be far more diligent when it comes to protecting God’s property and especially the lives of all congregants.
We no longer live in a world where it’s business as usual. We have to take precautions. We serve the God who protects us, but we must do our part to ensure our safety in every way we can. However we cannot allow ourselves to live in fear. As Psalm 91 clearly tells us…
“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91:1-2)
We must pray for the safety of our churches
We must pray against all attacks on places of worship. We must intercede against churches of all denominations being targeted. Though a robbery like this in Cape Town, which in contrast to shootings where there is loss of life, is not a major incident, we cannot tolerate crime or violence of any description in a place that is consecrated to God. The enemy is clearly out to destroy the family of God, but Jesus said He would build His Church and the gates of Hell would not prevail against it.
Safety in God: How Can We Trust Him When Others are Harmed? This is a question that is often asked. However it is possible.
As this post states, “Christians are not exempt from pain and suffering, however, through our faith in Jesus, we have the strength to handle anything that comes our way. God’s grace is sufficient in all situations. Trusting in God is at the core of being a believer and that means standing in faith that He will come through for us no matter what.”
This post was written by Al Gibson