TABOO TUESDAY TOPIC: Victim/Victorious

JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS

JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS

JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS

JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS

JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS

THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME!

 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NASB)

Chris Mintz is a hero.  I don’t know his status, whether he’s a Christian or not.  I hope so.

Lately, I seem to have inadvertently become involved in several Facebook debates.  Most recently, Chip MacGregor called Chris Mintz a victim in the Oregon shooting.  I wrote, “Not a victim, a hero.”  Chip agreed that he was a hero, but replied that he had been shot seven times, so he could safely be put in the victim category.

Obviously Chip is right, but I was speaking more to a mentality, a mindset.  To me, I think “victim” implies passivity, someone to be pitied.  A hero is someone to be admired and emulated.  It goes back to some earlier debates I had with Jeff Gerke and Ben Wolf.  Their question was, “Are Christians supposed to be passive and never defend themselves or others?”  Is that really what Jesus taught when he made Peter lay down his sword and restored the servant’s ear? Honestly, I think that’s more the teaching of Ghandi than of Jesus.  Jesus was never passive at all.  He deliberately provoked Jewish leaders by overturning the temple moneychanger’s tables and cleansed the temple, not once but twice in his ministry, once at the beginning and again at the end.  (John 2:15, Matt.21:12)  Even His death on the cross can never be viewed as a passive act.  He knew what He had to do, and He did it.

Jesus also taught that “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)  That’s exactly what Chris Mintz was willing to do.  He wasn’t passive at all.  He rushed an armed shooter, determined to stop the madness, even at the cost of his own life!  Matthew 10:26 says, “Do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Way to go, Chris!

It’s funny, but I think every single one of my novels deal with this issue in one way or another.  I don’t think God ever wants us to see ourselves as victims.  Whatever our circumstances, He wants us to pick ourselves up, dust off the dirt, and move on.  There’s nothing passive about the Christian life.  We can’t wallow in self-pity.  We have too much work to do.

Little if anything has been made of the fact that the Oregon victims were Christian martyrs who died standing up for their faith in Jesus at the hands of a Muslim sympathizing madman.  The president wants to make it all about gun control, ignoring the fact that the shooting occurred in a “gun-free zone”, and that the one man on the campus who did have a gun, and tried to go to aid the victims was restrained from doing so by staff members. What a crazy world we live in!

Taboo Tuesday Question of the Day:  So, what do you think?  Is it okay for Christians to fight back?  To be policemen or soldiers?  Why, or why not?

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About TeresaGPollard

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, I am a Christian Mom, Grandma, Sunday School Teacher, and now Author. My goal is to reach people with the Truth of God's Word and help them to apply it to their real world situations.
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