I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent shooting at an Ohio high school that left three students dead and two wounded. As long as our world is stained with sin, we will continue to encounter this sort of evil, and in these moments, our faith is tested. We come face to face with the reality of our condition and the need for a Savior.
And in moments like these, there are people who stand as an example of self-sacrifice and unwavering faith. In this instance, one person shines through. His name is Frank Hall, and he is the football coach at the Chardon, Ohio high school where the shootings took place.
He’s a manly dude.
You can read the longer version of the story here. But the short story is this:
As shots erupted in the hallway of the school, Frank Hall, amidst dozens of panicked students and teachers, spotted the shooter and yelled “hey!” startling him so much that he fled the scene, with Frank hot on his heels.
His actions undoubtedly saved lives and prevented injuries, and his response to the newfound attention has been, “I’m sure anyone else would have done the same thing.”
His disregard for his own wellbeing, and the humility he has shown since, are a wonderful example of Philippians 2, a passage every man should memorize:
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Would that we all had this mindset in the face of all kinds of evil, to disregard ourselves that others might have life.