My heart breaks as I sit here and recall the events of a day that is supposed to be filled with love.
Today, February 14, 2018, 17 children were killed in a mass school shooting in Broward County, Florida.
17 families are forever changed. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of children will wake up tomorrow afraid to go to school. Parents will lie down tonight unable to sleep because of the horrific acts of a sinful human being. Teachers and administrators will lie awake tormented by the thoughts of what if.
But even more importantly, 17 precious children are gone.
After reading dozens of school shooting articles, my teacher’s heart breaks. What if it was my county? What if it was my school? What if they were my students?
These what ifs drive me mad. Some would say, “Don’t think about it.” But I can do nothing else. And I encourage you to take some time to think about it yourself. What if it was your child’s school district? What if it was your child’s school? What if it was your child gone?
Would you really want a teacher so unprepared that they have never considered this a possibility?
In this cruel world, one has to think of the dangers of society. School shootings is just one danger among many. But it affects so many lives.
Can you hear it now? Watch the media. Soon you will see political pieces about gun control, the death penalty, and changes in school policies. But here’s the one thing that you’ll see that I want to talk about today: “We need to let God back in our schools.”
You’ll find this in the news and social media comments. And I couldn’t agree more. But please allow me to take it a step further.
We don’t need only God in our schools. We need Jesus.
Why do we need Jesus?
Because at this moment, while you sit here reading this article, there are 17 souls spending eternity somewhere.
The Bible tells us there are two places that people go when they die: heaven and hell. You may not want to believe that hell exists, but it does. The inerrant Word of God says so, and I guarantee you, if any one of those 17 individuals were able to tell you this truth today, they would. They would beg you to let Jesus into the schools. They would beg you to tell anyone still here that Jesus died on the cross to save you from your sins because He loved you enough to save you from eternity in hell. Because that’s where you will go without Him. They would beg you to accept the free gift of eternity with Jesus and choose to spend eternity in heaven with Him. They would beg you to let Jesus back in the schools.
Why do we need Jesus?
Because at this moment, hundreds of people are desperate for hope.
Hundreds of people are begging for love in the midst of hate, but the damage is already done. Hundreds of people are desperate to pick up the shattered pieces of their hearts and glue them back together, but it’s next to impossible. Hundreds of people are attempting rest tonight. But there is none to be found. Hundreds of people are searching for hope in this hopeless situation, but there is none there. Hundreds of people are seeking light in this darkness, but it can’t be seen.
But hope is attainable.
Why do we need Jesus back in schools?
Because Jesus changes lives.
Jesus takes the hate and makes it love. He takes the broken and makes them whole. He takes the hurting and makes them healed. He takes the restless and gives them peace. Jesus takes the hopeless and gives them hope.
My heart breaks as I sit here and recall the events of the day, but sitting here allowing it to break doesn’t fix a thing.
I’m just a small town Christian school teacher, but I love Jesus. And I know Jesus loves me and you and every individual in the entire world. How can I not stand up for what I believe?
And I believe this: the hope and change that we need in our schools is found in Jesus alone.