Hello there, and thank you for reading my blog post! The main reason I do this blog is to work on my rhetoric skills, as the time for them is coming soon. Also, it gives me reason to craft my adroitness in researching topics. Accordingly, it is my outlet and release in a sense. So, if you have a topic you’d like to know more about, “shorty, swing my way!” SN: the background of this song and intro is used in Bryson Tiller’s “Exchange.”
This topic came about at the gym. I was with my friend, Whitney, and we talked about how we’ve noticed that some congregants have ear pieces similar to FBI or CIA agents. And I said, “Hey, this would make a great blog post.” Therefore, here we are.
My mind immediately fastened on the history of security presence in Black Churches during the 20th century, especially in July 2015. As we all may not know, the kkk was full of white dudes -it was exclusive to them and maybe their wives and children- who went to church on Sundays to praise Jesus but bombed, burned, and terrorized Black Churches for fun on other days- even on Sundays, check out the 16th street bombing in Birmingham– to send a message of terror and praise… Jesus? Church was/is where black people (anybody, really) met/meet to plan, learn, and find solace in God and one another in trying times. In that regard, bombing or burning a church sent a wave of fear and hopelessness in that community. When you go to a Black Church, or any church, you may see men, sometimes women, standing outside of the doors. Sure, they hand you a bulletin, but rarely do you see them come in for service. Take a bathroom break every once in a while during a sermon, and you’ll see what I mean. Or in July 2015, dylan roof shot and killed 9 parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina, on the premise of their skin color. Unbeknownst to the general public, but not to dylan nor the church members, Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church has its history founded in anti-slavery and the progress of Civil Rights. I say all this to say that when people attack churches, or any other place of worship, they come with an agenda in mind.
While church buildings can be under attack, what a blessing it is to know that you can set up shop in a McDonald’s and praise God there! God is not confined to any building on Sundays or another day of the week; you can praise Him on a train, in the rain, when you’re enduring pain, in Bahrain, or when you’ve found your joy again; the possibilities are endless.
Snooping on the internet, regrettably, is an expertise of mine, and I found some great websites that promote church security and even provide training. With churches, security has to come from the inside, meaning that the security is made from those who already attend the church and know the layout. Secondly, the best way to stop a threat is to prevent it from even becoming one. And that starts with the parking lot and the various entrances a church may have, i.e. a police officer who “directs traffic” wink wink. NOCSSM, or The National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management, out Texas, sites their inspiration from 1 Chronicles 9:21-24 (NKJV):
“Zechariah the son of Meshelemiah was keeper of the door of the tabernacle of meeting.
All those chosen as gatekeepers were two hundred and twelve. They were recorded by their genealogy, in their villages. David and Samuel the seer had appointed them to their trusted office. So they and their children were in charge of the gates of the house of the Lord, the house of the tabernacle, by assignment. The gatekeepers were assigned to the four directions: the east, west, north, and south.”
How nice. And if you don’t live in Texas, the company can make accommodations.
This website provides free, general information about church security, in which the site owner basically says, “I hope this helps, but idk,” so if you do take his information to heart and it doesn’t work, you can’t blame him because he said it’s your responsibility with what you do with the info. And, girl, what good is security without insurance for ya church? Founded by two Lutheran pastors and a few clergymen, this company, Church Mutual, has it all. In regards to security, one of their own said it is better to have a fire extinguisher than watch the place burn, in reference to having armed patrol on campuses.
In closing, some may wonder, “well, girl, if y’all bout the Lord, shouldn’t you just trust in Him for protection?” And the best answer to that is found in Nehemiah 4-6. Nehemiah was charged with rebuilding Jerusalem’s wall (?). Long story short, some dudes was trying to post up on Nehemiah and thwart his plans to build the wall. In response, Nehemiah said, “In the name of God, knuck if you buck!” And his enemies did not knuck for they were not buck because God protected Nehemiah. And in response, while Nehemiah’s men did construction, they had one hand on their work and the other on the sword just in case things popped off.
So, as you can see, when you do the work of the Lord, expect opposition. And be prepared always for attacks that come from the enemy; don’t be idle. Do your diligent work and know that God has His protection over you.
Well, that concludes this blog post. I do hope it was coherent and gave you some insight into church security. Thanks again for reading, and have a great rest of your day!