An Isla Vista pastor says the community has been “wounded” by Elliot Rodger’s killing spree last Friday.
Pastor David Guzik, of Calvary Chapel, Santa Barbara, used his Sunday sermon to reflect on the tragic events that left seven people dead, including the gunman.
He confirmed that no one at Calvary Chapel was directly affected by the shooting rampage but he noted that members of the church spend their time building relationships with the people of Isla Vista, including volunteering with the Sheriff’s Department to offer support in situations like last Friday’s.
The pastor said the community had been “touched, impacted, wounded” by the killings and it was a reminder to the church that it couldn’t “short sell the presence of evil in this world”.
“It tells us something about our culture and how the idols of our culture work destruction in the lives of troubled people,” he said.
He also paid tribute to the “courage and great work” of the emergency responders who were called to deal with the situation.
The killing spree has left many people shocked as details continue to emerge about the motive and Rodger’s state of mind at the time.
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SOURCE: Christian Today