A drive-by shooting happened in front of our apartment a few days ago. Somebody drove up, stuck a gun out of their car window and shot out a neighbor's glass sliding door before quickly driving off. Our neighbors were fine, praise Jesus, and we are offering them all the love and support we can. But the question which entered my mind is, "What's the point?"
The devil works through fear to keep people bound in in this life and the next, but it is our job to break the fear. We know that "perfect love expels all fear" (1 John 4.18), so we literally "love" the fear away. Some might hear of a drive-by shooting near their home and cower in fear, but I for one am not going to go into defensive mode.
Tonight we are heading out into the streets of Allentown to show love. We will pick up trash along the street and make new friends. We will be the face of Jesus to those who previously lived in fear.
The devil might have successfully shot out a window, but we are going to love many blocks tonight in the name of Jesus and there's nothing he can do to stop it.