Twenty years ago, on April 20, 1999, the question, “Do you believe in God?” was asked of Columbine student, Cassie Bernall before the shooter killed her. Her parents later wrote the book, #She Said Yes, honoring their daughter. Later it was determined the question wasn’t posed to #Bernall but to another student who had already been wounded by a gunshot. When that victim replied, “Yes,” the shooter walked away.
The life of a Christian is not a bed of roses. In truth, it can be just the opposite. We have missed the boat if our hope is in obtaining a mansion in the suburbs, expensive ornate items, servants, or armor bearers to carry our Bible or purse, etc. Jesus told us that if we want to be great in the kingdom of God, then we must be willing to serve first and to say “Yes,” like Bernall regardless of the outcome.
While I believe God promises health and prosperity, as Christians we must be moderate in our actions and in our consumption of material possessions if we are to win others to Christ. In the face of death, like Bernall, we must say, “Yes, we believe in God and will serve him.”
My condolences go out to the families, friends, and survivors of the #Columbine shootings. Although we can’t make sense of this massacre or others that have since happened, we must fight the good fight of faith. We must use our hands, voice, and feet to be instruments of peace and to promote justice in the world.
May these words bring you comfort: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.