Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Columbine Martyrs

At 11:00 am, racist and neo-Nazi students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, planted bombs in the Columbine School cafeteria, but the bombs didn’t explode. So, the two armed themselves with guns and went around the school shooting targeted people, most especially Christians.
The first one to be shot was Rachel Scott, a seventeen-year-old girl who was having lunch with her friend. Rachel had a heart for everyone, especially for her two would-be murderers. First, Eric and Dylan shot Rachel at her legs, then approached her. She was asked, “Do you believe in God?” Rachel, who had talked to the two boys about God so many times, replied, “You know I do.” She was shot at point blank range at her head. Because of her faith, her love and her kindness, Rachel Joy Scott was killed. Rachel has been remembered for her ability to love others undeniably. At her funeral many were at a loss of words for this young girl who had reached so many lives.
After shooting some students outside the campus, the murderers then went to the school library. They killed more people there, including 19-year-old Cassie Bernall. When her murderers attacked the library, she began praying. When they came to her, they asked her, “Do you believe in God?” She replied, “Yes.” After saying this, she was shot to death.
It was Cassie's grandmother who first called the camera-shy high school junior a martyr, recalled Dave McPherson, the youth group director. ''I was with the family Tuesday. They waited all night, praying that she was hiding in a closet. When we first heard from Crystal about Cassie's last words, her grandmother said: `My God, my granddaughter was a martyr.'''
A day before she was killed, Cassie wrote in her journal, “I am not going to apologize for speaking the name of Jesus, I am not going to justify my faith to them, and I am not going to hide the light that God has put into me. If I have to sacrifice everything...I will. I will take it.”
In her journal, Rachel Scott wrote, “I want you to use me to reach the un-reached.” And God used her. She touched the lives of many Christians, encouraging them to witness and to testify boldly, without fear. Christians around the world have learned a valuable lesson from this 17 year old. The deep wound of Columbine has caused the youth of this nation to cry out for real answers. Rachel's family along with others connected to this tragedy are committed to providing some of those answers.


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