Wednesday, April 18, 2007

It is impossible to make sense of the Virginia Tech shootings. Our prayer support is extended to the families and friends of those who lost and those who have seen such horror on the VT campus.

The bottom line is that we must be ready, and must do what we can to assure that others are ready.

My sympathies run deep. I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose a loved one under such insane circumstances. There is no justice, when one takes judgment into his own hands and begins to impose his will. He is a victim of the enemy when given to carrying out such heinous acts.

When we view such a terrible event it, we must not lose our focus. We must keep our perspective...Christ's perspective. Regardless of who we are or where we come from, we need to be willing to share with the people we encounter. The person with whom we intervene, may be the next potential shooter.

We cannot make a difference, but Christ in us can make all the difference in the world. The task is overwhelming.

I heard one student with a bullet wound in his shoulder offer forgiveness to the shooter, no matter who he was. The shocked interviewer did not know how to respond. When we allow Christ to speak and minister through us, those who always have words will grow speechless. The message of forgiveness under such unbelievable circumstances will rise to the top, and astound our world. That is because our Savior remains a foreign concept. One, too few understand or relate to.

That one young man saw many around him slain, and he himself was shot, yet he offers forgiveness causes those around to take a second look.

I do not know this young man, but I recognize Christ in him. Our Jesus is consistent. His message does not change. His desire for us to share His message does not change.

BJ was not heroic by nature or superhuman in disposition. What sets people like him apart is their willingness to allow Christ in them to make a difference in the lives of others. Yielding the desires of self to the leadings of the Holy Spirit should not amaze others. But it does, because too few of us live lives like that.

Everyday people around us are dying and going to hell. We tend not to pay attention until events of tragic proportions occur. Everyday we can choose whether or not to allow the Lord to minister through us..."to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him."

Though it will be required of few, we each need to be willing to give our lives for Him, that others may truly live, and know the Saving One! Even if we do not die a physical death, we must die to ourselves, that Christ might reign in us.

dad

8 Comments:

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Gator4God said...

Brent,
Ryan Clark had been a student at my school, Lakeside High School. He was a member, as I am, of LHS Show Choir. Your words have blessed my heart and reminded of me of what needs to remain our focus during this time. I plan to share your words with some of the faculty and students who knew Ryan...Thanks
Matt

 
At 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brent - THANK YOU for dying to yourself! May humility ALWAYS reign in our lives and be contagious for others to see Christ!

Brokenness blesses me when I read your blogs ... especially as of late! I am moving from San Diego to Colorado at the end of May and that is a HUGE act of FAITH for me to leave a life I have known for 28 years! Glory be to God for taking away my fear and reminding me that it is ALL about Him! I'm on my face ...

and on my knees for you and other saints and those who are yet to join us!

May the Lord bless you indredibly today!

 
At 11:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe - didn't sign that last one :)

Blessings to you from Laurel in SAN DIEGO :)

P.S. Please give Walker a big hug for me!

 
At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMEN!
God Bless,
Greenfield, Indiana

 
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