Peace in the Face of Death & Persecution

This is part of Lori Alexander’s most recent post, I thought it was an amazing testimony many of you would like to read and think about.  It was from a woman in her online chat room:

 

“Friends, I know that with the church shooting, many are experiencing fear and apprehension that such a thing could happen. Mentally, we know God is sovereign and in control, but we still experience worry for our families and ourselves. Could this happen to us? I wanted to tell you my story, not to sensationalize, but to testify to God’s faithfulness to his promises. (Warning, it may be upsetting to some.)

During my senior year of nursing school, I was sitting in class taking mid-terms when a classmate came in and began shooting. This was fifteen years ago when the only school shooting had been Columbine. No one knew what was happening and it took a while for us to realize. He shot one professor immediately. Our second professor was very vocal about her Christian faith. (She would always end her lectures telling us that she couldn’t talk about it in class, but if we ever wanted someone to talk to about where she found hope or someone to pray for us,to call or visit her any time after class.)

My classmate then turned, pointed the gun at her and asked, “Where is your God now?” She answered boldly, “Whether I live or die, does not change that God is right here, right now.” He then killed her and turned the gun on the class.

Countless times in scripture God tells us, “Do not be afraid.” I want to tell you that He is faithful to His promises. Hiding under the table that morning I knew I was going to die, but the most amazing thing happened, I felt no fear. There was only peace. I remember being sad about how upset my parents would be, but also at peace that God would take care of them.

The most real and authentic prayer of my life was also going to be my last. It was: (CLICK HERE TO READ THE END).

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5 thoughts on “Peace in the Face of Death & Persecution

  1. With what I did as a career, I have always carried my weapon in church. Years before church shootings became so common, I thought about how vulnerable people can be in church.

    After the Federal terrorism training I received, I always thought it would be some sort of Islamic terrorist, that’s the soft targets they prefer, not wanting to run into resistance. Schools, churches etc… (Google Beslan to see their MO.) However, it seems the usual suspect is a beta loser, who feels he needs to display his power by attacking the defenseless. With a woman often at the base of their aggression because they lack the ability to move on when it doesn’t work out, and their passive aggressive behavior no longer manipulates her.

    I always find it hard to relax and listen because I am conflicted about the possible violence I may have to inflict in God’s house. I picture the scene and it sickens me that I may have to do that there. In the end, I think I’m doing the right thing. I suppose when my time is up I’ll find out… Heck, I have a lot more to answer for then that…

  2. Yesterday on the way home I listened to the Greg Laurie podcast and he told a story that really caught my attention. I will quote its basis from memory, so it will not be exact, but it went something like this:

    A man appeared in trial before a king.
    “I will take all you own'”, the king said.
    “All I have belongs to the Lord. Take what you will.”, the man replied.
    “I will burn your home to the ground!”, the king said.
    “My home is not here, it is with my God, and can never be destroyed.”, the man said.
    “Then I will end your life!”, cried the king.
    “My life is safely in the hands of my God,” the man said, “To kill me here will place my in His presence.”

    The king, turning to his advisor, said, “How does one instill fear in such a man?”
    “I do not know”, the advisor replied, “But that we had more men like this one.”

  3. My husband thinks that same way, MJD. His biggest pet peeve right now is when he can tell that even the security or off duty don’t seem to have a gun on them. It only happened once or twice I think, but it really bothered him.

    I don’t know how y’all men who know what evil is and what it can do, have any peace honestly. Y’all bear the weight of that “knowledge of good and evil” for the rest of the sheep-like society.

    And please please don’t think God is going to “judge” you for having to take out an evil man inside a church! You do know what you did was an actual calling and ministry right? Romans 13:1-4 tells you and all men like you, exactly who you are and where you stand in the eyes of God:

    Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

    You’re called “the servant of God” and “an avenger, who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” There is seriously nothing more badass than that in my opinion. It is a holy and very strange calling, but it IS a calling… and when you do violence, it’s just and carrying out God’s wrath on earth. That is just incredible to me.

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