IN THE WAKE OF Thursday’s shooting in Oregon, many killed for professing their Christian faith, I can’t help but wonder – Would I have the courage to die for God, who sent His only begotten Son to die for me?
How many times have I tempered my thoughts because of how others would react? How many times have I held my tongue on something God had laid on my heart? How many times did I deny God to “fit in?”
Not anymore. I’m a Christian. I believe in Christian values. I believe in God. I believe that Jesus died for my sins. He died for yours, too, whether or not you believe that. There is nothing in yours or my past that is too big to overcome in His eyes.
Most of all, I believe in love. I believe in God’s love for me and loving others as He has loved me. No matter the hatred many have for Christians, we must choose love. We must react with love. We must choose to speak with love. When we read stories about controversial subjects, are we more interested in showing how we’re right, or showing God’s love? We’ve become a society that talks at people and not to our fellow man.
As we navigate this latest tragedy, instead of focusing on gun control, mental illness, or even religious intolerance, let’s focus on loving each other.