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by Amy Hall
Over the past year, I’ve listened to my best friend tell me about her little church—how attentive, kind, and caring the elders are, how close the people are, how they preach the Gospel, speak the truth, and worship God. I even got to see it for myself just a few weeks ago.
This was the church of Garrett Swasey, the police officer and church elder who was killed in Colorado Springs last week, and it has been surreal, to say the least, to see this elder and his congregation suddenly propelled into the limelight—to hear everyone I regularly read and listen to speak about this man and even link to his sermons. I’m thankful that the ordinary Christians in this solid little church were ready and able to glorify God by responding with the Gospel in the face of evil. I’m awed by the way Garrett has preached the Gospel even in his death, to an untold number of people—both by dying for others and through his last sermon, which has been downloaded thousands and thousands of times over the last week. None of us ever knows when and how God will use us, and I stand in awe of what He has done through this church in the last week. I know Garrett would echo Paul’s rejoicing that “Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Many have written excellent responses to the accusations made against pro-lifers as a result of last week’s murders (see Ross Douthat, Tim Brahm, and Scott Klusendorf—see also what I’ve written previously in condemnation of violence against abortion clinics), so I direct you to them for those discussions.
I want to say something about justice.
We have seen much evil over the past week, and it’s not wrong to long for justice. After hearing about Garrett’s funeral last night, my Bible reading happened to be in Psalm 9, and its praise of God’s judgment of the wicked and rescue of the afflicted was what I needed to hear…
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