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You need to know this about the Oregon killings

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You need to know three things about the Oregon killings, the latest senseless act of hate directed at Christians in America.

The father of shooting victim Anastasia Boylan, who was shot in the back and survived, said this after talking to his daughter before her surgery about Christopher Harper Mercer’s killing spree at a Roseburg, Oregon community college.

I don’t know how much time elapsed before he was able to stand there and start asking people one by one what their religion was.

‘Are you a Christian?’ he asked them.

And if you’re a Christian stand up, and he said ‘Good. Because you’re a Christian, you’re gonna see God in just about one second.’

And he shot and killed them.

Note two things.

First: the father was wearing a “CFL” t-shirt.  “CFL” in that particular logo style means “Christ for Life.”  I know this because I have a sweatshirt with the same logo.

Second:  Portland, Oregon is by far the least religious city in America.  Roseburg is a mere two-and-a-half-hour drive south on I-5 from Portland.

And a third thing.  The Bible offers an answer, for all who seek the truth about senseless killings.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;

We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:31-39)

(crossposted from sgberman.com)