All the Christians Stand Up

All the Christians Stand Up October 2, 2015

Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Jo Naylor
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Jo Naylor

If a shooter said All the Christians stand up to you, what would you do?

Sadly, this is not a hypothetical. It happened yesterday in Oregon.

What would you do, if this happened to you?

I wrote about this for CatholicVote. Here’s part of what I said.

shooter says, All the Christians stand up. 

Would you stand? Would I?

I’ve lived long enough to learn a few things about myself. One of them is that when I am under physical attack, I tend to freeze. I do really well if the situation requires moral courage. But physical courage, not so much.

I’ve had a couple of life-threatening experiences in my life where I was attacked from out of nowhere. Every single time, I froze.

So … would I stand if a shooter walked into a room in which I sat with other people and said, All the Christians stand up?

I honestly don’t know. I do know that this happened to real people yesterday in Oregon and a number of them did stand up. The gunman told them Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second. Then, he shot and killed them.

The irony in this is that he didn’t lie. These brave Christians went directly to God. They are martyrs, and their blood cries out from the ground the same as Abel’s, with the distinct difference that theirs is a cry of victory.

I cannot imagine what demon-possessed hatred inspires people to kill other human beings. But I do know that Christians are subjected to an extraordinary amount of hate speech and bashing in these United States. Read the rest here.

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9 responses to “All the Christians Stand Up”

  1. To have a heroic courage can only come from the Lord. I am a coward and can only hope to defend my faith should the occasion arise.

    May these brave Christians live forever in the presence of Christ our Risen Lord.

  2. This is inevitable in the land of unlimited abortion, euthanasia, and rampant atheism. I know, I live here, and have been fearing more incidents like this for decades now.

  3. This is a terribly difficult question. Does our faith need defending if a madman asks this question, in this setting? Is our faith advanced by saying “yes”? Would it offend God if we said “no”? Does it not assist our faith more by saying nothing, or even lying, and then continue to live a useful and fruitful life? Does it matter whether the question is asked in the US or in Syria?

    I really do not know what I would have answered in this situation.

  4. If the shooter had asked the victims if they were anything other than christian,THAT would be the focus of the stories, but since he did single out christians the media has to find a different angle to exploit – gun control – so they can minimize or ignore the martyrdom of these people.

    They certainly don’t want to generate any sympathy for pesky christians.

    Each day as soon as I wake up, before I even get out of bed, I pray for grace just for the day because today may be all any of us may have.

    Several years ago I was in class in Salt Lake City when the school was locked down, no one was allowed in or out.

    A few blocks away a teenager had walked into a small local mall, murdered 5 people, wounded 4. A friend of mine left the building minutes before the shooting started.

    We could go out to buy a pair of socks and never make it home.

    Jesus tells us to be prepared. Any moment we may be called to account for our lives.

    I don’t know how I would have responded in a situation like this.

    I’ve read about the christian martyrs and it seems like they were given special grace to accept torture and death for Jesus. I don’t know how it could be otherwise.

  5. I would add that it’s almost inevitable in a culture that uses physical or verbal violence to solve nearly any type of problem.

    Violent sports, movies and video games, “reality” shows that display and encourage domination and destruction rather than cooperation and edification, glorification of war, glorification of death, passive acceptance of suffering here and around the world – this is the water in which we swim.

    Everything is framed in the context of war. The war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on Christmas, the war on women…

    News stories like this increase ratings, ratings increase advertising revenue,
    the advertising industry promotes what sells, what sells is sex and violence so we’re inundated with it and around and around it goes.

  6. Since no one really knows what they would do, I hope no one has to find out by being in such a situation. I think if I were still a Christian, I wouldn’t volunteer that knowledge to a potential shooter. What would be the point?

  7. They join the other martyrs through the centuries who chose to die rather than deny Jesus.

  8. I hope I would have said yes, but who knows what I would do if faced with it.

    Still, at all times at in all places, Caesar demands his pinch of incense. Some will give it, some will refuse. I won’t say what God thinks, but do know that Church honors her martyrs, even though she welcomes back the penitent apostates. Donatism is defined as heresy for good reason. God’s mercy is absolute toward those who repent.

  9. I was talking more about Oregon specifically, where we have the violence of taxpayer funded partial birth abortion and taxpayer funded euthanasia of cancer patients. But your point is good too.