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In Evil's Presence
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You are in class—not really paying attention. It is a beautiful day outside. You are focused on that. The door flies open. Someone is standing there with a gun. He starts shooting. You are in the presence of evil. What do you do.

You are more likely to get struck by lighting than to find yourself in a classroom being shot at by a madman. Still, it could happen. It has happened. Thinking about what you will do before it happens could be a matter of life and death.

Realize, if someone bursts into your classroom, lunchroom, or library, and starts shooting you are probably going to die. Schools are “gun-free zones.” No one following the rules can easily stop someone ignoring that rule—someone evil enough to shoot up a school.

The police will try to save you. Police policy is to contain the shooter in the building he is in. They may have to wait outside for hours negotiating with the gunman, with people inside held hostage or even wounded or dead.

As a Christian, you need not fear death. Regret dying with so much left to do, but do not fear it. Pray for God's help.

Resist Evil

As Christians we have a duty to resist evil. Christ meekly accepted death when it was necessary for Him to do so, to give us salvation. Earlier, Christ overturned the tables of the moneychangers, and drove them from the temple with a scourge.

Someone that would kill defenseless students in a classroom personifies evil. What you do may or may not change your life, but it may help someone else in the next classroom or in yours.

If you can escape, do so. Depriving evil of victims is a victory over evil. Are you trapped? Resist. Throw something at the gunman. It does not matter what. Shout for everyone to throw something. Throw something else, something heavy, and then something else. Get things flying so he cannot aim. Get enough things flying and he cannot shoot.

The odds are against you, but it consumes time—time others can use to escape. You may get lucky, and hit the gunman with something that knocks him down. He may decide to look for easier targets elsewhere. If he were brave, he would not be targeting defenseless people.

If you get lucky and the shooter goes down—keep him down. Throw a chair on him. When he is dazed hit him with a chair. Be nice again when it is over.

If you are not lucky? You tried. Your sacrifice may keep someone else alive. That counts. It is your choice—die cowering under a desk or die resisting evil.

I know. It happened to me in high school. Someone attacked me, for thrills. He just had a knife, but he wanted to kill someone in the school cafeteria, to do it and get away with it. I fought back—and stopped him.

I never regretted my action. I would do it again. I was hospitalized, but he went to jail for a long time. My town was a little safer afterwards. He had a long history of committing violent crimes.

 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13).

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Written by Mark N. Lardas, copyright 2007, Mark N. Lardas, all rights reserved. Copyright © 2007 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®.

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