I was watching this on Anderson Cooper 360 last night. You might have already read or seen this, but a man with prior issues went into the Panama City School Board meeting and when it came time for the public to address the school board, this man approached and confronted the school board and then started shooting. There were many people who stood up to this man and I can see how many will be viewed as heroes or being heroic, but it was the actions of the superintendent that stood out to me the most.
“It could have been a monumental tragedy,” Bay District Schools Superintendent Bill Husfelt said. “God was standing in front of me and I will go to my grave believing that.” – Associated Press
Husfelt clearly gives God the credit for him still being alive. The shooter, Clay Duke, was standing 8 to 10 feet away from Husfelt when he shot at him twice. There are bullet holes behind Husfelt, so he clearly should have been at least injured if not dead. While this is amazing and what many will call miraculous, this isn’t the part that stood out to me.
When he was being interviewed by Cooper, he mentioned that while he was not looking to die, he had no doubt as to where he was going so he had no fear about dying. This was amazing to hear. I would say that at least half of those who claim Christianity can not make this same claim. They do not have the assurance of heaven even though they claim salvation. Why is there this large disconnect. I know people who will claim they are not truly saved as they do not have the assurance of salvation and that might be true for some. I think the larger problem though is that many do not understand salvation to a point where they can have assurance of it.
With this being the season of celebrating the birth of Christ by many, I hope this stands out as a reminder that God is present and salvation is very real. We need to move past the flashing lights and overpriced gifts and remember why we celebrate this holiday.