CEO of Awana Children’s Ministry Says ‘Radical Love’ Could Have Saved Florida School Shooter Nikolas Cruz

Churches and society practicing “radical love” could be the solution for America’s culture of school shootings, a children’s ministry offered, indicating that it could stir troubled individuals away from a dark path.

Awana CEO Valerie Bell wrote Sunday on the children’s ministry website that Christians need to think about the children that come through the doors of churches, and whether they are really taking away strong messages on love.

“I know it’s a radical suggestion in Awana culture, but radical love is what this achy world is crying out for. Radical love can heal a child’s life. It could keep a kid who lost his mother and father too early, a boy who is bullied, a young man who is lost and alone from picking up a gun and using it to fire randomly his pain into the world until innocent schoolmates lie bloody and dead at his feet,” Bell wrote.

“Oh Parkland! How we long to love your precious 17 children, but it’s too late to hug, comfort, or shield them now.”

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old shooter behind the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School slaughter, where 17 people were killed, had been adopted at birth. His adoptive father died in 2004, while his adoptive mother died in November, three months before the shooting.

The former student, who had been expelled from the school and who had been posting highly disturbing content online, was taken in by a friend’s family, as he had nowhere else to go.

The latest shooting has reignited debates on the causes of such mass murder and how to prevent them. Many are debating gun control as well as the influence of violence and pornography in media.

Some, such as Jerry Newcombe, on-air host of D. James Kennedy Ministries, argued that such violence comes as the Bible, prayer and God have systematically been removed from American schools.

Former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum pointed the finger at children growing up in broken homes with the absence of fathers.

Bell argued that in the midst of all the pain and confusion, there is something that churches and Christians can do to address the problem.

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Source: Christian Post