If at any time there is a time to thank God, it is almost certainly proper immediately after masked, armed bandits storm into your property of worship, threaten the congregation at gunpoint, steal your pastor’s jewellery and leave without everyone obtaining a scratch.
Individuals have been killed in church buildings for considerably less. Staying Black comes to thoughts.
So, surviving these kinds of an ordeal deserves deep gratitude to a increased authority.
“Churches are acquiring shot up,” mentioned Bishop Lamor Whitehead, who was robbed in his Brooklyn church a 7 days ago. “And these men could have killed me. They had a gun to my head. If he thought that I was making an attempt to resist, we’d be chatting about my funeral these days.”
Instead, Whitehead plans to be back in the pulpit in front of his Canarsie congregation on Sunday, preaching about, of all factors, existence and loss of life.
Whitehead will also chat about forgiveness, a subject matter he has touched on in the days given that the gorgeous, caught-on-digital camera caper. Whitehead reported he forgives the brazen bandits who interrupted his sermon, even however they have not been caught nevertheless.
To underline the point, Whitehead even quoted from the Bible in the center of a news meeting.
That does not happen each individual day in New York Metropolis.
“For if you forgive adult men their trespasses, you are heavenly Father will also forgive you,” Whitehead said, quoting from the E book of Matthew. “But if you really don’t forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
However, there most likely is a deep gap in hell reserved for anybody who would storm a property of worship, rob a minister and his spouse and stick a gun in their baby’s confront.
A deep gap.
But there need to also be a exclusive rehabilitation wing for the misguided minister whose appreciate of flashy jewellery and highly-priced vehicles possibly lured the crooks to his church in the initially spot.
Whitehead condemned the media for calling consideration to his Rolls Royce and designer wardrobe and for contacting him the “bling bling bishop” when he tried using to broker the surrender of a murder suspect before this yr.
But if the Gucci loafer fits . . .
There is a library whole of Bible verses that deal with the total sordid stickup drama. “You reap what you sow” will come to mind.
And now, Whitehead needs lawmakers to contemplate laws to make it easier for associates of the clergy to have weapons for safety.
The bling, bling bishop desires to be a pistol-packing preacher.
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Legislators will need to shoot that thought down in a hurry.
Whitehead is a fan of Isaiah, 54:17 to be precise: “No weapon formed in opposition to you shall prosper.”
So, what can make him consider that getting a weapon of his individual will aid him prosper against the evil doers, even if he’s making use of a single in self-defense.
Subsequent time, the undesirable men get the jewelry — and the guns.
Or worse. A person gets hurt, or killed.
Whitehead requirements to adhere to conserving souls, and depart stability to the experts.
The last issue New York Town needs appropriate now is more guns — and far more amateurs with their fingers on the result in, even if it’s in the identify of the Lord.