There is a name for the messy and often inaccurate initial reporting of any chaotic event. They call it ‘fog of war’.
Now that the ‘fog’ is lifting, we have a clearer sense of what really happened on that horrific day in Robb Elementary School.
That doesn’t mean we’re going to like the answers when we get them.
Gov Abbott having to face the public and tell him them the patchwork sketch of what happened that day was not just incomplete but misleading had him ‘livid’…
And he should be. We all should. Especially when we’ve learned that initial reports put the response in a better light than it deserved to be. For example:
Escalon said the gunman was not confronted by a school resource officer outside the school. The same law enforcement agency previously said an officer had “engaged” him. “He walked in unobstructed initially,” Escalon said. According to the current information available, Escalon said there was not an armed officer readily available. —CNN
Even if the facts are ugly, the public is owed the truth after an event as egregious as this. We didn’t get it then. We’re starting to get it now. Spoiler Alert: the facts ARE ugly.
Law enforcement stayed outside while the shooter was holed up in the classroom when they could have taken far more aggressive steps to put him down like the rabid dog he was.
Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, was not the lead decision-maker on the scene. In fact, he played no role in decisions being made in those tense minutes. He was not among the people there when things played out.
But as someone with oversight over those who were, he didn’t pull punches. He said, without flinching, that the wrong decision was made about when and how to go after the killer.
If we’re finally ready to talk about it, our own Doug Giles offers a practical and workable solution for when help is a long time coming and danger to our kids is just seconds away.
Psalms of War: Prayers That Literally Kick Ass is a collection, from the book of Psalms, regarding how David rolled in prayer. I bet you haven’t heard these read, prayed, or sung in church against our formidable enemies — and therein lies the Church’s problem. We’re not using the spiritual weapons God gave us to waylay the powers of darkness. It might be time to dust them off and offer ‘em up if you’re truly concerned about the state of Christ’s Church and of our nation.
Also included in this book, Psalms of War, are reproductions of the author’s original art from his Biblical Badass Series of oil paintings.
This is a great gift for the prayer warriors. Real. Raw. Relevant.