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Tuesday, August 20th 2013, marks a very important time in our country’s history. It was on this day that 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill, armed with an assault rifle and 500 rounds of bullets entered an elementary school in Atlanta with the goal of killing as many people as he could while hoping to die himself. Antoinette Tuff, a school clerk, managed to talk the gunman out of killing anyone and also convinced him to turn himself over to the police. Tuff’s heroic efforts are being praised all over the country by the media and citizens and they should be.
But do you know who isn’t getting praise despite Tuff’s continual appeal to Him? God.
God, despite how many times Tuff has appealed to her faith for being the source of her composure and ability to talk the gunman into submission is ignored. Tuff has plainly stated that she was in continual prayer for the young man during the ordeal. In interviews she references her Pastor and the scripture study being held at their church based on bearing the burdens of others as inspiration for her approach to calming Hill. When the media attempts to credit her ability she continues to proclaim she was very scared and gives all credit to God’s ability instead. The media however, has been silent on these points to include her Christian faith. Instead they want to focus on everything else but God as it pertains to the lengthy ordeal Tuff experienced. They want to focus on man and this is telling of the nature of the human heart. How quick we are to praise ourselves even in situations that are obviously well beyond our control.
Who exactly is Antoinette Tuff? She’s a clerk at an elementary school. Tuff, isn’t a school counselor. She doesn’t have a PhD in psychology. She is not a behavior therapist nor is she a hostage negotiator. She’s a clerk who loves children, working at an elementary school. How exactly does a clerk, manage to dissolve a hostage situation that is extremely hostile, conducted by a gunman who was apparently not only in a pit of depression but also off his medication? By appealing to someone greater than herself. God. Tuff realized that if anyone could resolve this situation peacefully it was God. Tuff knew that if there was anyone who could protect the 870 children in that school it was God. Tuff knew that regardless of what Hill was experiencing with or without his medication God could take care of it and see the man through. Yet despite God answering the call of one His faithful followers, He has been given zero credit publicly.
It’s disturbing to see such a nation clamor to the mantra of “Where is God?” when tragedy such as Columbine, Sandy Hook or Virginia Tech take place. How quick this nation is to remove God from such special places as where our children are gathered for school. This nation stubbornly wants God out of our schools and out of our nation’s affairs. Those who oppose God in our schools ask about God’s presence only when tragedy strikes, ignoring the fact they don’t want anything to do with God outside of preventing tragedies. God is either completely tossed out or reduced to some sort of butler, only here to serve us.
God has a habit of using the least of us to exhibit His greatest works. This is done so that no man can esteem himself as being the one worthy of credit. If Tuff had been a psychologist, or counselor, or behavioral therapist then it would be much easier to proclaim it was all due to her own knowledge and abilities. God has a habit of proving Himself to us all. In this case He used one of His own vessels, who knows and trusts God to affirm God is who He says He is. It is to God that all credit and glory is due. Our country, for the sake of every soul in it, would do well to humble themselves and recognize this.
Praise God for saving the lives of the children and for using such a special person as Antoinette Tuff, who was faithful unto Him even in the face of death.
Full video interview is below.