The Cost of Discipleship

Reflections on the shootings in Oregon

“Are you a Christian?” they were asked.
And when they answered “Yes!”
the young crazed gunman heartlessly took aim
at Roseburg students caught off-guard
who didn’t stand a chance
when they invoked their precious Savior’s name.

Much like the martyrs we’ve heard of
who lost their very lives
refusing to deny their source of life,
these young collegians gave their all
and forfeited their dreams
to one day be a husband or a wife.

What will you answer if you’re asked
about your true beliefs?
Will you (like Peter) vacillate and lie?
Or will you (like those brave young folks
in Oregon last week)
speak up for Jesus though it means you die?