“Never forget what Jesus did for you. Never take lightly what it cost Him. And never assume that if it cost Him His very life, that it won't also cost you yours.”
~Rich Mullins

Dec 14, 2012

Speech from a Columbine Parent

I'm sure you all have heard of the terrible massacre in Connecticut this morning. My heart is absolutely breaking for those families, and the reckless hate that would drive someone to do something like that shooter is beyond my comprehension.

But something else beyond my comprehension is the response of the general public. They are horrified. Downright horrified. Tears and prayers and condolences are coming from across the nation.

Why is this so confusing to me?

Because it happens every day on a much much greater scale.

18 innocent children were senselessly murdered in Connecticut today. But approximately 3,500 innocent children are murdered daily....it's called abortion. I don't understand why people are not outraged over abortion like they are over this shooting.

Is it because they don't realize abortion happens so frequently?

Is it because they don't think of the baby as a human?

Is it because they are just blind?

I don't know...but I know that God cannot bless a nation that sacrifices their children for the pleasures and comforts of the parents.

The last two verses of this carol seemed so appropriate for today.......

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

This is an email that was sent to me today. It is a speech given by one of the parents whose child was killed in the Columbine shooting.

Our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.
They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.. The following is a portion of the transcript:

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good &evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.

"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.

"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent

I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.

Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer. 

Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?" 

You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!

"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.

"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America , and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge.. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone!
My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!"
- Darrell Scott


  1. True. So True. We - Politicians - the world - likes to point fingers and say it was the other guys fault. Nobody likes to man up and take responsibility.
    But I will take what responsibility I can and carry my gun to as many stupid no-gun zones as I can to protect those who are vulnerable there. That, and prayer, is something we all can do.

  2. What happened yesterday was terribly sad. And you're right, it's hard to imagine how a person could be so heartless.. Sad to think someone would actually do that.

  3. His speech was amazing and so very true. It was so sad what happened to those children and their families, but is also so very sad for the young men that were involved in that murder. I cannot help but feel sorry for those who must have been so tormented in their minds to drive them to such desperate actions. I cannot help but wonder if that man and his brother ever even heard of the gospel or of the One who loved them enough to give His life a ransom for theirs, if they would but accept His gift...... And I cannot help but wonder whose fault it is that so much of our world has never heard that gospel and is lost and hurting. If the church will not Step up to the plate and fulfill the gospel commission, I cannot help but wonder how much more of this pain and suffering we, as a people, will yet have to endure.