April 20, 1999, a day in history was made. The Columbine High School massacre was a school shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. 13 victims had died on that tragic day. One of them being Rachel Joy Scott.
17 years later, I walk into a theater to watch a film Rachel’s mother had made about not only the shooting, but her life leading up to the shooting When the trailer for the film had first released, I instantly knew it was going to be good. Before I went to go see the movie, I wanted to research the event since I love history. (I am a nerd, I know). The shooting occurred in Littleton, Columbia. Two seniors, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered 12 students and one teacher. The teacher's name was Mr. William Dave Sanders. He was a computer and business teacher at Columbine for 25 years. He was also the head coach of the girls’ basketball and softball team. The senior students motives remain unclear, however they had personal journals documenting that they wished their actions to rival the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and other deadly historic incidents in the U.S. in the 1990’s. The attack has been reported as "the deadliest high school shooting in US history.”
Now with my popcorn in hand, I sit back and relax in my theater seat as I begin to witness the life of Rachel Joy Scott. With myself being a typical seventeen year old and a high school senior, I began to compare myself to Rachel as the film was rolling. We are very much alike in character. Her parents were too divorced. She also had a creative soul and a love for the stage, just like me. Rachel struggled at times with her walk with Jesus...sometimes greatly. She battled with real temptations and peer pressure and at times these things got the best of her. But in the end, she fought to break through and became a shining light of hope to those around her. She decided that she would seek Christ first and not be ashamed of the Gospel. Her personal battles as a teenager to going all out for Jesus paint an authentic picture of a real teen struggling with her identity in life and Christ.
Dennis Simmons, a Christian scholar, said, “Faith is believing that although we do not understand all things, He does. Faith is knowing that although our power is limited, His is not. Faith in Jesus Christ consists of complete reliance on Him. We don’t seek tribulation, but if we respond in faith, the Lord strengthens us. The but if nots can become remarkable blessings.”
Since Rachel’s death, more than 22 million people have been touched by Rachel’s Challenge.
Please Please Please go see I am Not Ashamed and be influenced by Rachel like how I was!
-xoxo Lindsay K.