ASK QUESTIONS – BE BRAVE
Concerning the “unnamed shooter” —
In that great Christian classic which has helped so many souls live on this earth —
— that would be The Imitation of Christ, a book so good that it’s been memorized by more than one Christian, there is a sentence, a very helpful sentence: “Do not concern yourself with things that you cannot change.” It comes within the advice to not seek after “much information,” to not be overly curious about things. “Do not concern yourself with things that you cannot change.”
But we live in an information age. It’s easy to get caught up in the nasty emotional dramas that current events offers us. And maybe, as citizens, there is something we should be doing. At least maybe we should know what dangers are out there and plan how to protect ourselves should the danger come our way.
Or maybe not. What we should concern ourselves with is having the faith and the courage to live and to believe as we are supposed to. Death is not the worst thing that could happen to us. Faith and courage in the Living Christ will see us through, even to our deaths and into the next life.
We’ve been told today that the killer at the Oregon community college shooting first asked his victims “What religion are you?”
He asked them: “Are you a Christian?”
ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?
Are you a Christian?
Today, in Oregon, according to an eyewitness, if you said “No, I’m not,” you got shot in the legs. If you said “Yes,” you got shot dead.
American citizens, so far, have a First Amendment to protect them. But not everyone honors our First Amendment, even within our own country’s borders.
Are you a Christian?
The Rulers of the United States do not protect Christians, and they have made a point to declare to the world that they, our Rulers, and the Barack Hussein person they gave us, will NOT help any Christian refugees seeking asylum from the Middle East. In fact, if you are here as a refugee but you are a Christian, you are going to be deported back to the Middle East, or wherever else you would be accepted. (This is stated public policy now.)
But if you are a Muslim refugee — welcome. The American citizens will pay for anything you want. And no questions asked pertaining to your political viewpoint, goals, training, and experience or murderous prejudice.
Don’t agree with “transforming our nation” into a Muslim paradise? If you don’t, they have a way . . . .
Who wants to know? Christians don’t shoot other people for not being Christian. Jews don’t shoot people for not being Jews. Hindus shoot Christians, but mainly just in India. Who else?
Of course, we mustn’t assume too much. Every Christian death is singular.
“Are you a Christian?”
If you answer yes, then: “Take up your cross and follow Me.” Christians know Who said that.
“The servant is not better than his Master.”
I hope you are beginning to read The Roman Martyrology that I wrote of a few posts ago.
We are not the first generation, of course, to experience hatred directed at us because we are Christians. It’s just that it’s a new thing for American citizens. Regular reading of the Martyrology connects us to those who have come before us. This helps us to remember those who live the authentic Christian life will be hated by the world: “If the world hate you, know ye that it hath hated me before you. “ John recorded this in his Gospel. Those are the words of Christ to His followers.
Later, when John was writing a little letter to some Christians, he said: ” Wonder not, brethren, if the world hate you.” Because, as John’s Master had said, the world hated Jesus long before it hated us, His disciples.
By the way, this college campus, according to some reports was a “gun-free zone.” That means that the home state of the Mighty Ducks is the home state of some Sitting Ducks. One or two security guards on campus. Unarmed. Then a former official of that college said into his microphone “We have prepared ourselves for this kind of emergency. We’ve done everything we can.”
Good will stops bullets, don’t you know.
As Son remarked: “If the campus was a “gun-free zone.” then how did the shooter get a gun in there?