Thank You Reverend Jointer
It must have been like his worst nightmare come to life.
Friday, noon, New Hope Missionary Baptist church, North Portland.
While studying for his Sunday sermon, as another pastor was officiating a funeral down the hallway of his church, Reverend Robert C. Jointer heard gunshots, followed by screams. Mourners, including mothers with small children, fled the building, taking refuge in nearby home and behind parked cars.
According to the Oregonian, Jointer didn’t know the family folding the funeral, but had allowed his church to be used at the request of a local funeral home.
A young man, with alleged gang ties, was shot three times and later died.
What caught my eye in this report?
Reverend Jointer’s comments to his congregation on Sunday, as quoted in Tuesday’s Metro section (B1, B3):
“If he (the shooter) is apprehended, I intend to spend time with him and share God’s word. That person, his life is in disarray. He needs to know Christ, and that’s my responsibility.”
Reverend Jointer, you make me proud to be your brother. Thank you for reminding me (and I often forget) that it’s not about “us & them,” or “the good guys vs. the bad guys,” it’s about people who have, by His grace, come to know Jesus, and those who haven’t.
If I call myself a Christian, then that’s my responsibility too.