Before launching the Faith Based Security Network, was New Life Church (12/9/2007). Before New Life Church was Focus on the Family (5/2/1996). Our life journeys are marked by major milestones. Some were personal experiences (as those above were for me). Many were not personal, but still significant to us.
Before Focus on the Family, there was the Oklahoma City bombing (4/19/1995). It changed my life and I didn’t even know it the time.
That morning, the news was a distant story to me. I had a General Contractor working in Dr. Dobson’s private office. I am sorry that the first words I spoke of the OKC bombing were in complete insolence. The GC told me his glass sub-contractor was late. I joked, “maybe he got called to Oklahoma City.” The contractor chuckled; I knew immediately it was wrong.
That night, as I watched the news, it began to sink in just how wrong it was. As I watched, I became broken.
Within a few days, I was working with a committee to use lessons learned from OKC to evaluate our readiness at the ministry. A few weeks later, I joined ASIS in my efforts to further my understanding of emergency readiness.
At one of the first ASIS luncheons I attended, we had a speaker from OKC; a paramedic who had worked the scene. I will never forget how he was just doing his job all day, but towards the end of that awful Wednesday, saw a little girl’s leg uncovered by the death blanket over her. Her little tennis shoe was just like the ones on his little girl’s feet, safe at home. That is when the awful reality hit him.
We made our readiness improvements at the ministry. A year later we were tested in our hostage situation. We would have not been ready that day, had we not paid attention to OKC.
Think About it
It’s hard to believe the OKC attack was 25 years ago. A quarter of a century in our past.
The hate and horror brooding in unstable, misguided, and often just plain evil people has remained a very real threat throughout history. There’s an endless well of them gurgling to the surface.
Many people (most people) forget things like OKC.
When you have eaten and are full; remember.[i]
[i] Deuteronomy 8: 10-18