Pastor Rob McCoy speaks on Texas Shooting |  “Christians must do their duty to the country”



By Michael Hernandez

NEWBURY PARK—“God cannot sustain this free and blessed country which we love unless the church will take the right ground,” said Godspeak Calvary Chapel Pastor Rob McCoy at the Sunday May 20th service.  “Politics are a part of religion in such a country as this and Christians must do their duty to the country as part of their duty to God.”

Pastor McCoy speaking to his congregants in the aftermath of the San Antonio, Texas high school shooting that left 10 dead and 13 wounded (eight students, including an exchange student from Pakistan and two substitute teachers) said, “Our culture is imploding.  What do we do?  We wonder why our children are killing each other?”

The Governor and Attorney General of Texas stated: “We need a bipartisan symposium to come up with solutions on how to stem gun violence.  Do we arm teachers?  Do we arm security guards?  Do we limit guns?  But no one has said ‘let’s try God.’  The Ten Commandments say:  ‘You shall not murder.’  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10). Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34).”

According to McCoy, “The Mayflower Compact established the United States of America.   We the people formed a more perfect union.  We make up less than three percent of the world population but we have the greatest economic growth in economic history.  We are the land of the free…the land of the brave….one nation under God.”

McCoy continued, “God placed his people into positions of authority to:

  • effect national change;
  • make known His existence above false gods;
  • deliver His people from destruction.

Pastor McCoy stated that the answer can be found in Isaiah 9:  “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

McCoy said, “The kingdom is a governmental system.  Isaiah declared 700 years before Christ that “the government shall be upon His shoulders.  Politics is the governing of the affairs of a nation; or activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of government.”

Today, people say, “We really don’t need God.  I can manage my family without church or manage my business without church.  I don’t need God.   We think politics or government is the answer.  We think salvation is in Air Force One.  We step out of the public square and we want to watch Netflix.  All falls apart.  We do everything but God.”

In Isaiah 9:9-10, Pastor McCoy said we see:  “pride and arrogance of heart.  The bricks have fallen down, But we will rebuild with hewn stones.  The sycamores are cut down, but we will replace them with cedars.”

McCoy recounted how on Thursday, April 30, 1789, George Washington was inaugurated in New York City as the first President of the United States, and then with the Vice President, House, Senate legislators and Supreme Court justices walked a few blocks to Trinity Chapel in St. Paul Church and committed the “new government in an act of devotion and prayer.”

Jumping forward more than 200 years later, “It was a sycamore tree that protected St. Paul Church and not a single window was broken in the fall of the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001”—in what some have called the “Miracle of the Sycamore at Ground Zero” as a 100-year-old tree fall in such a way that “its spreading branches created a shield which absorbed shockwaves and preserved the historic 18th century Saint Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church and its ancient tombstones from falling debris, including a direct hit from an I-beam, and what should have been certain destruction.”

In 2005, renowned sculptor Steve Tobin working with tree experts to preserve the original Sycamore stump wrote in a plaque:  “This stump is all that remains of a 100-year Sycamore that once stood in the northwest corner of St. Paul’s churchyard.  The tree was toppled on September 11, 2001, when the collapse of the World Trade Center sent tons of debris hurting towards the church, including a large steel beam from the North Tower.  Miraculously, the Chapel’s trees shielded and not a single pane of glass was broken through the church.”

Pastor McCoy ended his message by saying, “It is so excited to be alive in a time like this.  The boundaries are so clear-cut.  There is no confusion.  We know the truth will set (us) free.   Pursue God and seek Him. Watch what happens.   You have been called for such a time as this.”


Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens JournalVentura Countys online news service, founder of History Makers Internationala community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor.  He has worked 23 years as a middle school teacher.   Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email:  [email protected].

Mr. Hernandez is dedicated himself to advance the 13 spheresas a City Upon A Hill; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships and supporting constitutional awareness and active citizenship.

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Mike Elverby
Mike Elverby
2 years ago

Hey Rob, how about following the constitution! Stop supporting the communist manifesto plank #10, and embrace the 10th commandment. All government school must be closed. Problem solved.