Girl to Madman: "Shoot Me First."

5 10 2006

Filed under: Peace, Death, Pray, God, Christianity

Absolutely amazing.

The oldest of the five Amish girls shot dead in a Pennsylvania schoolhouse is said to have stepped forward and asked her killer to “Shoot me first,” in an apparent effort to buy time for her schoolmates.

Only God could provide that kind of peace.

Rita Rhoads, a midwife who delivered two of the victims, said that before killing himself, Roberts uttered three words — “Pray for me.”

Her account of Roberts’ final words matched an account attributed to another named source in The New York Times.

“He asked the children to pray for him, and that’s kind of interesting because he said he hated God,” Rhoads said. “He must have recognized the faith in them, God in them.”

Amen.

Allah ponders the difference between anger and forgiveness.

I believe we both are appropriate at times. Christians are not to hate. We are to forgive.

Righteous anger, carried out after forgiveness and in love, can be appropriate at times.

If the shooter were alive, we would have to forgive him for his atrocities and then be fully justified in administering punishment according to the law. Here, some Christians would disagree on the level (ie: death penalty vs. life imprisonment). That is irrelevant to this point, which is, forgive first, then deliver punishment.

This is a small example of how the Bible can be demonstrated to be consistent. When parents discipline children, they should not do so out of anger or disgust, but out of love. When this is done properly, children feel loved and understand their correction.

The same goes for Bin Laden and al-Qaeda. We must forgive them first, and then go after them to bring them to justice.

Blue Star Chronicles trackbacked with: Faith and Courage of An Amish Girl

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