“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” 1 John 3:13
ROSEBURG, Ore., Oct 1 (Reuters) – A gunman stalked onto an Oregon college campus on Thursday and opened fire, killing nine people and wounding seven before police shot him to death, authorities said, in yet another burst of U.S. gun violence that ranked as the deadliest this year. Stacy Boylan , the father of an 18-year-old student who was wounded but survived by playing dead, told CNN his daughter recounted her professor being shot point blank as the assailant stormed into the classroom. The massacre in Roseburg, a former timber town on the western edge of the Cascades some 260 miles (420 km) south of Portland, was the latest in a flurry of lethal U.S. mass shootings in recent years.
I have checked many articles on this shooting. There seems to be a consensus that the authorities are “working to find” the shooters motive. Nine people die, many are wounded and the authorities don’t seem to be listening, even to those who were in the room with the shooter. I believe they don’t want to know, or perhaps do not want to tell the truth.
ROSEBURG, Ore. (Associated Press) — The grandmother of one of the Oregon shooting victims says her granddaughter told her the gunman was singling out students who said they were Christian. Janet Willis told The Associated Press her granddaughter, Anastasia Boylan, was in the classroom when the shooter opened fire Thursday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. Willis, who visited her granddaughter in the hospital, says Boylan told her the shooter was asking students about their faith. “If they said they were Christian, he shot them in the head . . .”
I don’t know about you, but it seems the Oregon shooters motive was very clear—kill Christians. The gunman came prepared to kill as many who follow our Lord as possible. These brave young people stood their ground and sacrificed their lives because they believed in the grace Jesus had provided them by his redemption on the cross. This day they stood and announced, I am a Christian and took a bullet the head causing instantaneous death.
Did you hear what the student, who was wounded and in the hospital, said? I’ll repeat it for you. The “ . . . shooter was asking students about their faith. If they said they were Christian, he shot them in the head . . .”
Several weeks ago our congregation stood in orange t-shirts that stated “I STAND WITH CHRISTIANS. The purpose was to show unity as a congregation to stand with those who have given their lives in the face of those who hate us simply because of our faith—simply because, like no other god, we follow the one and only living God who loves us. So many have died in the last few years because they love their Jesus. We take our stand, as a congregation, with other Christians.
Unlike when we are worshiping in our congregation, we are sometimes alone, and without the support of others. We are at a point where we face a personal decision. Such is the case at Umpqua (UHMP’-kwah) Community College. Others stood and watched as friends and classmates were murdered announcing their personal decision, knowing they would be asked next and understanding the consequence. If you stand in a place where you know you were going to die, simply because you are a Christian, I propose this question: When it is your turn to answer, how will you respond to the shooters demand, Are you a Christian? Now is your time. You have choice to make, life or certain death? It is your decision . . . only you can make it.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. – John 15:18-19
Shall we go a step further and ask, will you STAND for Jesus? Have you given your life to Christ? These young people knew Him personally and announced their decision in the face of death. They were killed, but are now alive in Christ Jesus for eternity.
If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (1Peter 4:14, 16)
The Bible tells us that we are all dead in our sins and trespasses until we get saved and born again by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior – These young people at Umpqua were forgiven children of God. If you do not know Christ as your personal Savior would you determine today to give your life and heart to him? All you have to do is pray this simple prayer, with a sincere heart, and He will come to you:
I now believe that Jesus Christ is Your only begotten Son, that He came to earth in the flesh and died on the cross to take away all of my sins. I believe that your son Jesus Christ then rose from the dead on the third day to give me this eternal life.
Lord Jesus, I confess to You all of the wrong and sinful things that I have ever done in my life. I ask that You please forgive me and wash away all of my sins by the blood that You have personally shed for me on the cross. I am ready to accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I ask that You come into my life and live with me for all of eternity.
Thank You Jesus, I now believe that I am truly saved and born again. Amen.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. (James 4:8)
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