How Can America Respond to the Tragedy of the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting?


Though Many Feel Fear and Anger, a Christian Worldview Compels Believers to ‘Overcome Evil with Good’ Says Culture Expert Dr. Alex McFarland

CHARLOTTE, N.C.Sunday’s horrific shooting that left 26 church congregants dead and injured more than 20 others has been called the worst ever mass shooting in Texas. Religion and worldview expert Dr. Alex McFarland (, who also serves as Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C., asks, “What motivated this tragic event? Where can people turn for hope in such times of evil?”

One witness cited Romans 12:21 on Fox News that says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” While the motive behind the killer’s actions remains under investigation, the biblical response is clear. Rather than lowering one’s standards to retaliate with evil, Christians are compelled to respond with good.

“Though much of the news will focus on the tragedy of this event, this emphasis misses the amazing outpouring of unity and kindness those in Sutherland Springs have been providing to one another since this shooting. From the heart of Texas and across America, God’s people are offering prayers, support, and kindness to assist in any way possible following this unthinkable crime.”

McFarland is the author of 20 books, including his newest, “Stand Strong in Your Faith,” co-authored with Jason Jimenez, which provides Christians with insight and encouragement to keep the faith during the toughest times of life, as well as Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home,” also co-authored with Jimenez, which explores why millennials are leaving the church.

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Alex McFarland

Alex has preached in over 2,200 churches throughout North America and numerous more internationally. He also speaks at Christian events, conferences, debates, and other venues to teach biblical truths and preach the gospel.

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