By Paul Louis Metzger
professor at Mutnomah Biblical Seminary
The fatal, tragic shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon highlights how vulnerable we all are. We should not take people’s lives for granted, even though many question today if life has any real meaning or value. As I watched the footage last night and grieved the horror, I thought to myself: what a senseless waste of precious life!
What made sense to me were individuals who confessed faith in Christ in the midst of the tragedy. No doubt, even when facing tragedy, they believed Christ brought meaning out of despair. This morning in my theology class, one of the students shared how the gunman asked for Christians to identify themselves. When they did, he shot them dead (See the following article: “Oregon gunman singled out Christians during rampage”). My student reminded me of something I said weeks ago in class: a faith not worth dying for is not worth living for.
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