Thursday, October 22, 2015
Chris Harper-Mercer walked into an English class at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, with the goal of murdering fellow students. He gave a note to one young lady and told her it was her lucky day and she could go and stand in the corner. As she walked away, he asked her if she was a Christian. When she did not reply, he shot her in the back. She survived by playing dead.
CNN did not mention this important fact, but the shooter methodically began asking students if they were Christian. Those that answered “Yes” were immediately shot and died. This was posted on Facebook soon after the shootings.
“The bravest person in America? The 2nd to admit to being a Christian after the UCC shooter murdered the 1st.” – Armardo Hall
It is interesting that a young Muslim student, who made a trigger apparatus that could be used to set off a bomb, was quickly invited to the White House, but nine Christians who were murdered for their faith, was quickly met with official silence.
Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the nine, as well as others who were wounded. Our sympathies to the killer’s family who did not know what he was going to do. Chris Harper-Mercer’s legacy is that he made Judas Iscariot’s destiny his choice.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32 (KJV)
“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.” Matthew 10:28 (NIV)
We are living in a world that hates Jesus and those who follow him (Luke 6:22). What is happening in other parts of the world is now openly taking place here. Let us not be ashamed of being Christians. Let his peace, which passes all understanding, drive out all fear which those like Christopher Harper-Mercer wish to instill in us (Philippians 4:6-7)!