You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. – Matthew 5:43-44
Pastor Mike Roy and members of Pathway Church suffered thousands of dollars in vandalism damage this month. A security camera caught on tape a nineteen-year-old man shattering the glass front doors to Pathway Church’s meeting space in Raymore, MO before destroying the camera itself. When all was said and done, the young man had destroyed at least $25,000 worth of furniture, electrical equipment, and more.
While Pastor Mike trusts authorities to hold the vandal responsible for his actions, he was quick to offer forgiveness. “Our heart went out to the young man and we’re very concerned for him. We believe that the legal and law enforcement system needs to take its course. It needs to do its job but we are also concerned for him and praying for him,” he said. “It did raise concern in us that he expressed anger toward God. Down the road we are interested in helping him more directly if we possibly could.”
You can watch local news coverage of the vandalism and Pastor Mike’s response here.