Monday, July 23, 2012

Three heroes at Aurora

Leadership, heroes, portraits of courage, its all found in the three young men who gave their lives so that their beloved girlfriends could live.

Here's the headline from a local Aurora, Colorado news paper: 

'Dark Knight Rises' shooting: Three heroes died in Aurora taking bullets for their girlfriends

The Daily News goes on to report:

 Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.

In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.

The Daily News goes into detail and describes for its readers the acts of valor in detail. For instance, we are given a detailed account of what happened by Jansen Young the girlfriend of Jon Blunk. She tells the Daily News how Jon pushed her to the floor and used his body to cover and protect her from the spray of bullets coming from the gun of a deranged mad man. 

In the words of Jansen Young's mother, "he pushed her down on the floor and laid down on top of her and he died there."

The article goes on and chronicles how each couple met and how they fell in love. Three couples who met and fell in love, and three heroic men who gave their lives for the ones that they loves and adored.

Two emotions for me are touched, one, we still have young heroes today; men who are willing to put others before themselves. As tragic as this shooting was the nation can see that there is still a fabric in our society that is good and ideal. 

With all the self love and narcissistic behaviors that we are bombarded with on a daily basis, it is a breath of fresh air to have read what these three young men did; their acts of valor and selflessness will stand out for a long time in a culture of self love and self interest.  

My second thought was how Jesus willing laid down his life for us. I think Romans 5 verse 8 sums this up "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

I think how our Savior being totally innocent would willing give his life for us guilty sinners. It is such an amazing thought and reality to know that Jesus "paid it all, all to Him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow." 

This story of the shooting in Aurora has left me thinking about "sacrifice." We as a nation thank those three young men for reminding us that there is no greater gift that can be given to another than laying down of our lives for those that we love.

The thought of Christ laying down his life for me, not innocent in any way, but guilty and an enemy of the Savior, brings me to my knees. It is unfathomable to think that one would give his life for an enemy, but that is exactly what our savior did for His body---the church.






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