Today’s Challenges: How to survive a mass shooting


The events of last week in Paris are still fresh in all of our minds. The questions I have heard several times are, “Can it happen here,” or “what would you do in that situation”?

Interestingly I just happen to listen to a commentary by Mike Adams whose title was: “How to survive a mass shooting.” Now understand that the risk of a mass shooting event in your life is very rare. You may have a better chance of getting hit by lightning. You may not want to hear it or think about it, but there is a chance… Notice a few of the points from the commentary.

Mike suggested that you can:

Call 911, realizing that the police will be 10 to 20 minutes away.

Flee, run for you life.

Hide, try to get somewhere they can’t see you.

Play dead, not effective, in at least one of the mass shootings the shooters shot those who were playing dead anyway.

Attack physically, get inside the range of the rifle and it cannot be used against you. Scratch, bite, kick, hit, and poke eyes, whatever you can. Of course to do this, you must be willing to sacrifice yourself to save the lives of others, maybe your family. But in doing so, you may inspire others to help you overcome the attackers.

And, lastly, you can shoot back. In other words, be prepared before hand for when bad things might happen. Arm yourself properly.

Now you may wonder, “Why in the world is Russ talking about this?” Well, first I guess, because I am concerned about all of you. I wouldn’t want any of you to lose your lives in such a way. But second, because it parallels our fight against the army of Satan.

1 Peter 5:8 tells us that Satan is as a Roaring lion, looking for opportunities to devour each of us. We get that, we understand that concept I think. Yet, if you think you can stand up to a roaring, charging lion, you are a better person than I. Most of us might think, “Well I was Chuck Norris I might be able to do I,” but we’re not; are we? Well, what about being a 12- or 13-year-old boy, could you do it then? Most of us would think that idea is pretty stupid, yet that is exactly what David said he did (1 Samuel 17:34-36).

What does this have to do with surviving a mass shooting? Simply, Satan is trying to kill us. We can understand the idea of Spiritual Warfare, but now it has progressed to Physical Warfare also. The recent shooting at the collage out west, the shooter asked people if they were Christians before killing the ones that said yes. Whose idea do you think that was? Satan has been working hard at it even before the beginning of the church, 2000 years, starting with Jesus the Messiah. And when the leaders of ISIS and other extremist saying they are coming to kill us, they are not going to target other Muslims, they are going to target Christians.

The best think we can do is to organize and put on the Spiritual Armour of God and attack Satan. You may have some hesitation on agreeing with this, but notice what Jesus had to say in Matthew 16:13-18.

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

That passage indicates that we need to be the aggressors, not in a physical war against Muslims as such, but against Satan and his armies. Against everything that is trying to destroy our Christian Nation.

Our fight is against ungodliness, the sin, the addictions, the moral decay, and the breakdown of godly family units, the distinction between the sexes, transgender, pornography and homosexuality. All of they things which our nation has been tricked by Satan into accepting as being OK, while God says it is not.

Do we call someone else to deal with the problem? Do we run away from it? Do we hide our belief so it can’t be seen by others? Do we play dead and pretend we are not Christians? Or do we join the fight and attach Satan and his army? (Isn’t that what Christ, Peter, Paul and all of the other apostles did?) What is your decision? What is your excuse? Will you die spiritually or allow your friends and family to die, because you are not willing to sacrifice yourself?

James writes in James 4:17, “Therefore to him who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

By Russ Lawson

Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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