Remember Columbine!

L.E. Rose

[Harris] [Klebold] I wonder if any one ever told these boys about the hope of salvation in Jesus. Did they even know there was an eternal life? Did they realize hell would be their destiny? I am not so sure that was real to them.

Also, it is obvious to me they were in a lot of pain . . . that turned to hatred . . . and then murder.

But did anyone try to touch them when it was pain?

Were they boys I often saw at Kmart, or the mall, that I passed and had thoughts such as "their parents should spank those boys and get them straightened up!" and never thought, "Has any one ever told them about the love of God?" I did live only two miles from them for three years. Our paths likely crossed often . . . .

Have you ever read the history of how awful Saul/Paul was? Yet that born-again monster penned a lot of the Word of God.

Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord.
(Acts 9:1)

I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women. (Acts 22:4)

I punished them oft . . . being exceedingly mad against them. (Acts 26:11)

Beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it. (Galatians 1:13)

[CNN headline of Columbine shootings] I hate what Eric and Dyllon did at that school. I hate what it has done to children I personally know who attended that school. But I hurt that boys like that were not reached. Maybe they could have been a Paul . . . .

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God. But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests? (Acts 9:20,21)

I hurt for all the families involved.

Has this tragedy made a difference in how we live our lives and how we see other people?

How do we think about the Bible teaching about Jesus coming for the "sick," not the "well."

When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17)

Obviously we think that apart from Jesus you can not be well.

But further than that . . . we so often think that people do not want what we have, or that they are not searching.

I understand that Jesus' Way is the path less trod. But I can't help but feel that we pass by hurting people each day who might respond to the hope of peace, deliverance, joy, fulfillment and victory. They might respond . . . if only we were sensitive enough to see open doors to the hearts of those in despair.

When the books are opened, and we stand before God, I hope someone told those boys about Jesus, and they had chosen to reject Him. I hope someone told the children who died about Jesus.

More than all of that, I hope I will wake up and realize life is but a vapor. I hope I now see that I may be the only reflection of Jesus someone may see! So I hope I am truly yielded to Him!

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