19 Feb Florida School Shooting Part 1: Pray for Nikolas Cruz
Love my enemies.
Pray for them.
Do good for them.
Desire their “highest good.”
(Taken from Matthew 5: 44-46)
Where do I begin?
I have been consumed with thoughts regarding the Parkland, Florida shooting, and I can’t seem to shake them. I am agitated with thoughts of, what can I do as a parent to help make and keep our schools safe again? What can we do as a community to help keep our children safe?
Yes, I am a homeschool mom, but we have friends who are publicly and privately schooled. Many of the children I serve in our church are publicly or privately schooled. I have nieces and nephews who are publicly schooled. And, many of our neighbor’s children are publicly schooled. For these reasons, I can’t just bury my head in the sand like an ostrich or retract my head like a turtle.
God loves all the children of the world, and I believe He has given us all the task of training them in His ways and showing them the love of Christ through our actions. We all have a right to be upset with Cruz for his actions. Just don’t stay in this place. My heart goes out to him and I pray that as justice is served, he will meet Christ and will be saved. “For we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).”
I am reminded of the life of Paul. Prior to becoming one of the greatest Christian missionaries, he was a prosecutor of Christians. The Bible says that he was out to destroy the church, and eager to kill the Lord’s followers.
“As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.” ~Acts 8:3 NKJV
“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest” ~Acts 9:1 NKJV
In spite of Paul’s sins, God had plans for his life. I can’t imagine being a parent, family member or friend of those killed and hurt in the Parkland shooting. It would be really tough for me to pray for someone who has done so much evil. But as someone on the outside, I feel it is my duty as a Christian woman and parent to stand in the gap and pray for Cruz just as much as I pray for the others involved, and on behalf of those who can’t bring themselves to do so.
God calls us as Christians to do difficult things. One of these being to, “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). Are you willing to do that which is uncomfortable and flat out hard? Join me in not only praying for the victims of Parkland but also the perpetrator? Let’s be willing to stand in the gap.