April 20, 1999, began like any other day. Cassie Bernall had only been a Christian for a year or so, but the difference that Christ had made in her life was evident to everyone. When she and the rest of the students entered Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colorado, that day they had no idea what was getting ready to happen. Two of their fellow students had come to school that day intending to kill as many people as possible. When the shooting started Cassie and several others students were in the Library. She tried to hide under a table, but when one of the gunman entered the Library he saw her. But instead of just shooting her, as he had been doing. According to other students, he walked over to her, put a gun to her head and asked her if she really believed in God. Then after she had responded by saying that she did in fact believe in God, he shot her in cold blood.
This morning I wanted to remind you of Cassie’s story because I believe it is vitally important for those of us who are Christians to be men and women of faith. Our faith should make a difference in our lives, just as it did in Cassie’s.
Now most, if not all of us here today will never be put in a situation like Cassie was in. However, I personally believe it is just as hard if not harder to live a life of faith as it is to die for your faith.