When something happens that you view as an injustice, you are vocal about it. In Ferguson, MO many were outraged when a police officer shot and killed an unarmed man. This has been repeated many times all over this country since then. The media and others even in Springfield have tried to make this incident about race. It was about a foolish young man’s disrespect for authority and the law. Those are examples of things that Christians find worthy of speaking out about.
Last week another shooting in a school was in the news. On Thursday a lone gunman entered a community college similar to our OTC and shot fellow students and a professor. He killed nine and wounded many others before killing himself. Once again the cry was, “Why?”
President Obama was one of the first to respond. His answer was that we were slow on enacting the kind of gun control that will take the firearms away from as many people as we can. As a person who was shot as a boy in a hunting accident this article could take that point of view. It will not.
The Sheriff in the Oregon county where the shooting took place refused to tell and still remains silent on the name or any details about the shooter. His reasoning is that talking about him only spurs others to do something similar to gain notoriety. A proper point of view that your Examiner has also stated at previous times. This is not what this article is about.
Unlike your president this Examiner’s job is to speak from a Christian point of view. Not being an African American Examiner he can still speak about the injustice of the Church shooting that took the lives of only African American Christians by a white shooter. Of course that would be appropriate.
Were this an LGBT Examiner and the shooting had been by a straight person singling out homosexuals to die, you would expect that to be reported here. As far as is known none of the dead were anything but straight. However the information coming to light seems to indicate that one category of people was targeted. Reports state that the gunman asked about his victim’s religious beliefs. Christians were those that would die. He did intentionally leave one alive to tell his story.
Further reports have been revealed, not by the mainstream media, but through Christian channels, telling that the assailant was a convert to Islam. This cannot be confirmed. What can be certain is that for some reason he viewed Christians as the enemy.
It is apparently open season on Christians. The President, who claims to be a Christian, is not upset about who was shot. His concern is about the fact that a knife or hammer or a car, were not used. The murders were done by a gun. To him this is most important.
Does it matter how they were killed as much as why? They died because they called Jesus Christ their Savior and were willing to die for Him. Are you? Even more important, are you willing to live for Him and to create an outcry so loud that it can be heard without the majority of the press taking up the call.
Not a cry for vengeance. Not even a cry for justice, but a cry for the truth to be spoken. An outcry for tolerance and respect, not for violence and indifference. Christians continue to be targets all around the world. This is just one more example where you and your Examiner must stand and cry, “This is not acceptable. Not on this watch.”