Would You Be Mad If I Died Saving Another?
In the wake of the school shooting in Florida, my 16 year old daughter asked me “Would you be made if I died saving someone else?” She continued “I know where I’m going, what if they are not a believer. I could give them another chance to find Christ.”
My heart sank. She apparently has been thinking about this a lot. My family lived in Colorado at the time of the Columbine shooting. Even though my youngest daughter was not even born at the time Columbine, she has heard a lot about it. My husband was a past assistant district attorney and went over this scenario many times with both daughters. He told them to hide or get out and to not be a hero. He like all parents, worry about their kid’s safety. My husband has since passed away.
My daughter is wired differently than most. She has no fear of death. In her words, “I know where I’m going.” She has a heart for people. She wanted to make sure that if she followed her heart in that situation that I would not be mad. My daughter continued, “if they ask me If I believe in Jesus, the answer would be, YES and they would probably shoot me.”
I told my daughter, I would not be mad if you saved another, Christian or not. I also said, follow your heart and do what God tells you to do. I would be sad, but I would know that you made the best decision you could at that moment.
I encourage you all to talk with your children. Ask them what they think they might do in that situation. I want to make it clear that my daughters decision may be different than yours. The right answer to the question is, talk it over with your child and prepare them, so if they are ever caught in a situation they will not panic and will be able to think clearly and have a plan.
My prayer is that no one should have to experience that kind of situation.