No one should tell us that we no longer live in the same world our mothers and fathers grew up. Acts of violence occur every day in the United States and elsewhere in all the countries on earth. Many of us remember the time when most churches do not even locks on the doors, and relies on the decency to even the thieves not to disturb the church, it is possessions, and even to its members at least while they physically attending their place of worship.
This is, unfortunately, the case, as we are not safe even in our places of worship, but there are many things that can be done to ensure the safest possible environment in which to worship God in Long Island churches.
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As Christians by nature trust of those whom we do not know, and this information is not available in a way that turns those who can read, this trait more Christlike. However, it is offered in the hope that it may be useful to pastors and church administrators, and help them formulate their own plans in which to answer some of the questions we will address in this article.
Most churches that I know do not have an emergency plan. That is true! No plan or plans at all: no fire escape plan, no plan to deal with a surprise visit by violent demonstrators, no plan to deal with a medical emergency, and certainly no plan to deal with what is called the law-enforcement community as an active shooter. Someone entered the sanctuary with a gun and actively engaged members of the congregation, or engage a particular member of the same.