Horrific things don’t happen in the middle of the country … at least that’s what we who live in the middle of the country have believed for as long as I can recall. Life is usually quiet and laid back and mostly carefree.tornado6

Don’t get me wrong. I know bad things do sometimes happen. Parts of this region are known as tornado alley. I would never minimize the horror of a tornado, but storm shelters and weather warnings have helped us prepare for such events. We’ve learned to look at and read the sky.

But then one day, something almost insignificant happens and everything changes. A troubled man gets fired from his job. This happens almost every day in dozens of places across the middle of the country. Individuals are let go because they can’t quite do the job or the boss no longer needs them or there’s a personality conflict that can’t be resolved or for lots of other reasons. Usually, when a person’s fired, he or she is miffed, slams file cabinets on his or her way out the door and that’s the end of it. Sometimes, they choose to file lawsuits for wrongful termination.

It didn’t turn out that way in Moore, OK last Thursday. A man got fired, hopped into his truck, drove across the business property to a warehouse and attacked the first woman he saw, beheading her. Then he attacked a second woman, but before he could kill her, he was stopped by a Deputy with a rifle.

No one should dare use the term workplace violence to describe this heinous act. A recent convert to Islam, this man’s actions are those of an intentional and radical disciple of Evil. I grieve for the grandmotherly woman he killed; I grieve for her family. I also pray for the woman he next attacked and hope she soon recovers from her injuries. I’m certain she’ll remember the details of this attack throughout the rest of her life.

I’m incensed by this tragedy. There have already been other beheadings in this country … and yet they go almost completely unreported! The savagery of this despicable backward culture masquerading as religion is secreting its way into our communities. When will our leaders wake up and do what’s necessary to rid this evil from our land?

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  1. These are scary times we’re living in. I think what frightens me the most is that few people seem to realize that we’re engaged in a kind of spiritual war here. There is evil walking among us, upping the ante everyday, and we have to take a stand. There are far too many excuses being made, far too many dismissals about the nature of what we’re dealing with.

    I say it’s scary and I’m frightened, but for the most part I remain in a state of faith. There are 365 fear nots in the bible, one for every day of the year, or so they say. I’ve never actually counted them, but it sounds about right.

    1. We’re living in a very scary time (from human perspective)! I hadn’t heard about the fear-nots, but I love knowing that! God’s practical ways to engage us are exquisite! Thanks.

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