Where was God on April 20, 1999 when thirteen innocent people were murdered? (Destiny Ministries 5) Cassie Bernall is a martyr for today's teenagers due to the Columbine Massacre. What exactly is a martyr? The Columbine Massacre shook the whole nation because of the students that killed their own colleagues. Cassie Bernall was a girl that stood up for her belief in God when one of the murderers held a gun to her head.
A martyr is a person that defends a principle, even though it means giving up everything that is important to that person (Webster 236). Some martyr's are put in jail for standing up for Jesus Christ or God. Most martyrs are killed because of their beliefs. Martyrs are the strange ones who challenge society with a different way of thinking. They are the rebels and heretics of today (dc Talk 6). For some, standing up for Jesus actually means dying for Him (dc Talk 7). In John 15:13 NIV Jesus says, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." Today some people refer to martyrs as Jesus Freaks. The very nature of Jesus Freaks is to thrust away from the mob mentality, away from the things that society tells us to care about (dc Talk 8).
"Yesterday morning in Littleton (Colorado) many parents kissed their children goodbye not knowing that they would never see them alive again.
and Dylan Klebold were two teenagers that walked into their high school and killed students while the students were in school. In all, thirteen people were killed by the murderers. The two boys were part of the Trench Coat Mafia that killed a dozen students and a teacher before turning the guns on themselves. Cassie Bernall and other students hid in the library of Columbine High School while bullets flew over their heads. Some students risked their lives in order to escape from being killed. Cassie Bernall was hiding behind a table in the library when one of the shooters told her to stand up and asked her if she believed in God. She told him yes and the shooter shot her because of her faith. Cassie collapsed and died on the library floor. There are other tales of students being shot because of their faith.
Before Cassie Bernall became a Christian, she was an outsider at school. Cassie had written letters to a friend about how she could kill her parents, Brad and Misty Bernall, and end all of her problems. Cassie's parents found the letters, made copies of them, and gave them to the police department. When Cassie got home from school, her parents confronted her. After the confrontation, the Bernall's broke all of Cassie's ties with her friends. The Bernall's enrolled Cassie in a Christian school. Cassie was not allowed to answer the phone and no longer had any privileges. She was allowed to go to a youth group, but that was all she could do. Her parents even went as far to put a monitor on their phone so they could know what she was doing when they weren't home. ...