Those who commit heinous cowardly acts for notoriety should be denied fame by never seeing their name in print. However, when an abusive man hurts the people he should protect, their name should be spread. By the time they’re incarcerated every inmate should know their story.
In Matthew 18:6, Jesus said, “it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” In Matthew 22:13, He offered a solution for one attempting to enter the kingdom while arrogantly exhibiting personal rebellion of kingdom values, “Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside…”
In 1 Timothy 5:8, Paul said, “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” When a man attacks those he is responsible for, he is worse than those who are worse than an infidel.
Declare their name.
Last Wednesday morning, 49-year-old Adam Slater climbed into the car of his estranged wife in the parking lot of the Southwest Church in Indian Hills, California. He told her, “You’re dying today — we’re all dying today” as he repeatedly stabbed her. When another driver saw the attack, they began honking.
The coward ran, leaving his 6-month pregnant wife to die (she will live to testify). However, he snatched their 1-year-old daughter out of her car-seat taking her with him.
He rolled his vehicle a few miles away. A good Samaritan saw the wreck and rescued the little girl from the passenger side of the overturned vehicle. Slater climbed out his side, ran to the man holding his daughter, stabbed him, took his daughter, ran to the edge of a nearby cliff and threw her to her death below.
Think About it
The estranged wife would only meet him in public places due to fear.
You have people; parishioners and unknowns, using your church grounds as a “safe place.”
Over 60% of violent crimes at ministries take place during non-event hours. Pray and plan for the safety of your congregation and for others who pass through your ministry home.
If you say you can’t do anything, you sure won’t. While you won’t stop everything, don’t dismiss those risks by doing nothing.
Pray; and have a plan. There is real evil out there. Call it by name when you see it.