In the wake of tragedies, we believe that prayer and action must go together. Prayers are a must; prayers for victims, prayers for their families, prayers for the medical professionals caring for the injured, prayers for our nation, and certainly prayers that tragedies like what happened in Las Vegas will never happen again.
We want to invite you to do some intentional act of love to counteract this act of violence. Nothing we can do can will make it go away, yet love is the antidote to the poison of this kind of destruction. So, we challenge you to do something, no matter how small, to serve as a proclamation that love is more powerful than the worst acts of violence. Maybe you'll pay for the order of the person behind you in a drive through. Roll your neighbor's trashcans back to the house on trash day. Make an extra effort to call a friend or loved one you haven't talked to in a while and make sure they know you love them. Make a gift to an organization of your choice. Kindly write your elected officials about how you think we should respond to this as a community. Whatever you do, take a picture of it, post it on Facebook and tag the church, email us and tell us what you did (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is not bragging. It's a proclamation of God's love.
There is a spirit of angst and anger in our world right now. You can feel it everywhere, and it was there before the shootings in Las Vegas. Yet, to live faithfully in the midst of that is to move against the winds of anger, violence, hatred, and revenge.