After the deaths of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, Pastor Jimmy Meeks says gone are the days where churches and temples are a safe place of worship. Meeks is also a retired police officer and a member of Sheepdog Seminars. He says this type of hate and violence is escalating.
In 2017, there were 114 people died on faith based property. Meeks says that is a record number. He says safety is more of an issue today than ever before and congregations need to open their eyes to what is happening.
Meeks says, “Wake up. If you don’t wake up you are not going to do anything to protect your flock. We must wake up and realize what is going on in this country and then be prepared to deal with it. My greatest encouragement today for people is to please, wake up. Otherwise, you will simply not going to be able to receive instructions or safety tips. You can’t talk to anybody about what to do if they are asleep.”
Meeks recommends that congregations lock all side doors on days of worship. All those attending should enter through the same door and be met by greeters. Meeks adds, “If you don’t have an armed person, trained, and I cannot highlight that enough, trained to deal with these situations, you are not going to stop these killers whether they show up at Kroger, whether a synagogue or a Baptist Church.”
Meeks conducted a Sheepdog Seminar at Brookside Church in Omaha last November.