Conservative Pastor on Texas Victims: ‘God Wasn’t Ignoring Their Prayers. He Was Answering Them’
Pastor Hans Fiene Writes God Was Answering Prayers Of Shooting Victims By Delivering Them From Evil
More is quickly being learned about the motive behind the horrific Texas church shooting that killed at least 26 people Sunday morning. It appears the shooter had a domestic dispute with his mother-in-law who attended the church but was not present yesterday.
While some victims still remain in critical condition, one conservative writer and pastor weighed in on the situation with a startling op-ed in the Federalist. Hans Fiene argues against the idea that people offering thoughts and prayers isn’t really doing much for anyone. In fact, Fiene states the shooting was actually answering the prayers of the victims.
Fiene posits that the words “deliver us from evil” should be interpreted both during a person’s time on earth and eternally. He states:
For those with little understanding of and less regard for the Christian faith, there may be no greater image of prayer’s futility than Christians being gunned down mid-supplication. But for those familiar with the Bible’s promises concerning prayer and violence, nothing could be further from the truth. When those saints of First Baptist Church were murdered yesterday, God wasn’t ignoring their prayers. He was answering them.
He goes on to explain the logic of how this difference should be interpreted through the eyes of the religious.
When we pray these words, we are certainly praying that God would deliver us from evil temporally–that is, in this earthly life. Through these words, we are asking God to send his holy angels to guard us from those who would seek to destroy us with knives and bombs and bullets. It may seem, on the surface, that God was refusing to give such protection to his Texan children. But we are also praying that God would deliver us from evil eternally. Through these same words, we are asking God to deliver us out of this evil world and into his heavenly glory, where no violence, persecution, cruelty, or hatred will ever afflict us again.
The op-ed makes it clear that the means of death are just what is necessary to shed this life and enter another eternal one of no evil. It’s hard not to perceive that as a veiled argument for doing nothing in the aftermath of the deadliest shooting in a place of worship in modern U.S. history.
Defending the idea of doing nothing and walking the line of pro-gun groups is becoming more difficult as the bodies pile up. The NRA had to delete a tweet posted shortly after the massacre that was clearly inappropriate. The tweet was rather unusual from the group, considering it is typically silent after mass shootings.
While it’s clear Hans Fiene is not advocating violence or people dying in his op-ed, he does seem to be using religion to continue toeing the conservative line of never doing anything about guns, ever. No matter how deadly the shootings continue to get, the deaths should just be considered a part of God’s plan with no answer through the law.
And if you end up on the wrong end of a mass shooting, just know that it was God’s answering of your prayers to end the evil you see on earth. At least that seems to be the pastor’s message for the “frothed-mouthed goblins” reading his piece.
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