MY FRIENDS, NINE PEOPLE DIED ADMITTING THEY WERE A CHRISTIAN, HOW WOULD YOU RESPONSE?
“Breaking News.” “The gunman entered his classroom firing as he told the professor teaching the class, “I’ve been waiting to do this for years,” and shot him point blank, (CNN News) “A Twitter user named @bodhilooney, who said her grandmother was at the scene of the carnage, tweeted that if victims said they were Christian, “then they were shot in the head.
If they said no, or didn’t answer, they were shot in the leg. Gunman Chris Harper-Mercer’s disdain for religion,” [killed all who he thought were Christians]. (New York News) My friends, today it is going to be personal again because one day our Salvation may depend on how we respond to that same question “are you a Christian?”
Now I present this question to each of us, as we are placed in a hypothetical situation in this same classroom with only seconds to respond. We are sitting at our desk the teacher is dead and three people have already been killed for acknowledging their allegiance to their Lord and Savior.
Two people have also been shot in the leg, not necessarily because they are not Christians but like all of us they love life more than death, they also have families, husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers or maybe they have a cat at the house they would like to say goodbye too.
At That moment everything seemed more important than being a Christian. But my friends we can’t judge their reaction or why they choose to say they were not Christians and maybe they really were not Christians they could have been Muslims or Buddhist or maybe they just deny the “existence of a supreme being all together.”
I would imagine in that situation, life looks better than the alternative. Now the gunman approaches, the person on one side of us has a gunshot wound in the leg on the other side the person has been shot in the head because of his or her beliefs. So how do we respond?
We can’t serve God if we are dead we tell ourselves? If we do say we are not a Christian we can continue to serve God, and spread the good news of the gospel everyday. And we do love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and our neighbor as our self.
And then we pray Lord “I need You Just to get through [this situation and I will continue to serve you but] Today I’m breaking under the weight of it all And I’m afraid I might fall Today I’m empty But I am willing To keep listening and looking for You in the noise For Your quiet voice Are You telling me to go?
We truly have served God up to this point? why no response? My friends that is when it becomes all about our faith. “As Christ felt His unity with the Father broken up, He feared that in His human nature He would be unable to endure the coming conflict with the powers of darkness.
In the wilderness of temptation the destiny of the human race had been at stake. Christ was then conqueror. Now the tempter had come for the last fearful struggle.” [as he hung on the cross] (E.G. White Desire of Ages pp 686-687) .
And we know how that ended even when His Father was silent. But now it’s all about you and I as Satan has “come for the last fearful struggle” in our life so how do we respond?
My Friends, where there is no vision, the people perish…..Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)