Mercedes Schneider posted a commentary by James Kirylo, who responds to the extremists who say that God was ousted from the public schools. 


He writes:

”To say that a reason why school shootings happen is because we have taken God or prayer out of the schools is too simplistic, if not too ridiculous, an explanation. To communicate that to the parents of the children assassinated at Stoneman Douglas would not only be heartless, but also, it seems to me, such a message would be a theologically and spiritually scandalous description of an omnipotent, loving God.

“Moreover, the notion of the “removal” of God is to grossly diminish the sacrificial witness of those educators who stood in harm’s way in the attempt to save what students they could at the school.

“Heroes in our Midst

“Take for example, the geography teacher, Scott Beigel, 35, who was murdered while scampering to get students away from the gunfire. As one student, Kelsey Friend, shared, “Mr. Beigel was my hero and he still will forever be my hero. I will never forget the actions that he took for me and for fellow students in the classroom.” I am alive today because of him.”

“Then there was assistant football coach Aaron Feis, 37, who bravely threw himself in front of students, suffering a grave wound, dying on the surgery table. Colton Haab, a 17-year-old junior at the school, said “That’s Coach Feis. He wants to make sure everybody is safe before himself.”

“Finally, there was Chris Hixon, 49, the school’s athletic director and wrestling coach, who died while trying to save students. Mourning the loss, Karlos Valentin, a senior on the wrestling squad stated, “Coach Hixon, for me, was a father figure.”

“By any definition, these educators are heroes, even modern day martyrs, who exemplify what it means to lay down their lives for their friends.

“The greatest witness of any educator, and in particular for those who claim to believe in a loving God, is not what they say, but what they do in how they demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and care for all their students. Courageously, some great educators at Stoneman Douglas personified the ultimate act of love.”

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”