Heroism Amidst Terrorism

Our culture has tried to tell us that men are the same as women and that we should not distinguish between the sexes. Yet any sane person walking the face of the earth sees things quite differently. Men are naturally made by God to be protectors of women and the latest terrorist act by James Holmes at the opening of The Dark Knight Rising in Aurora, Colorado demonstrated that men still possess this quality.

Three young women report that the men they attended the film with early Friday morning gave their lives to protect them.

The young men who saved the lives of Jansen Young, Samantha Yowler, and Amanda Lindren were Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves. In the final acts of their lives they sought to protect someone else and ended up giving their lives to save another.

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Young told NBC News,

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When the alleged assailant, James Eagan Holmes, began his attack on the crowd, Blunk, who Young said had some military experience, knew what was going on, Young said.

“He knew and threw me on the ground, and was like, ‘We have to get down and stay down,'” she told NBC News.

In the chaos that ensued, Young recalled hearing a woman screaming, “I’ve been shot,” and a man who stepped on the chair she was hiding under crying out, “Jessie’s been shot.” She heard the constant “boom, boom, boom” of the guns and smelled the gunpowder.

The twenty-one year old certified veterinarian technician also told TODAY, “Jon just took a bullet for me.” She said, “He’s a hero, and he’ll never be forgotten.”

Samantha Yowler had a similar story in which her boyfriend Matt McQuinn protected her. Though she was shot in the knee, Yowler’s life was saved by the valorous act of McQuinn. As the shooter calmly walked up the aisle randomly shooting moviegoers, the 27 year old Ohio native dove on top of Yowler to shield her from the blasts. In doing so, McQuinn was hit in the chest, back and leg.

McQuinn’s stepfather called McQuinn a hero.

“Him (sic) and Sam were very much in love and planning their life together… it’s not surprising to me that his first thought would be her. That’s what a man does. He protects his loved ones. I’m very proud of him. I’m going to miss him,” Jackson said.

“He was probably scared, terrified,” said Jackson. “I just can’t imagine what would be going through his mind except saving Sam. I’m sure from his actions that he didn’t put anything except for her first. Other than that, how could you not be terrified in a situation like that? I just hope it was quick.”

Lastly, Amanda Lindgren’s life was saved by 24 year old Alexander Teves, who had just earned his master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. Teves apparently pushed her out of the line of fire while taking shots himself, according to her father.

From Tweets that morning from one of Teve’s friends named Caitlin,

“Shots fired in the theater…” read one tweet, followed by “…I’m outside, one of my friends is inside. No one knows what’s going on.”

“Alex didn’t make it,” Caitlin tweeted Friday. “Alex Teves was one of the best men I ever knew. The world isn’t as good a place without him.”

Teve’s father said his son had “a heart of gold.”

While some have pointed out that one of the men was still married and should have been a hero to his wife and children, which I agree with, that is not the purpose of this article. That man will have to give account to God for that. His own estranged wife said of him, “He always wanted to be a superhero, he’s wanting to save someone or do something greater.”

The point in all of this is the culture tries to emasculate us as men. They want to feminize us, but we are not created to be that way. Neither are women to be masculine. They are built to be feminine.

This has nothing to do with equality. Both men and women are equals. However, they were designed by their Creator for different roles. The final acts of these men’s lives were to protect and save the life of a woman they cared for.

Nearly a century ago, men gave their lives to save women and children ahead of themselves aboard the sinking Titanic. While there were many who sought to save their own lives, the tragedy of the Titanic is riddled with stories of husbands and fathers giving up their own safety and their lives to protect their wives and children. History seems to repeat some timeless truths about how men should do such things.

The Lord Jesus Christ laid down His life for those He loved as well. He gave the full measure of devotion, not in a split second with bullets flying about but knowing and agonizing over the reality before Him of what he would endure at the hands of sinful men. He did it all so that He might save a people and reconcile them to God, that they might not face the just punishment for their sins, but might enjoy the blessings of the grace of God.

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

The men in this article will not be forgotten by many. They are heroes, but they are gone. Christ is the ultimate hero who, not only died on behalf of His people to save them from something far greater than a random terrorist, but conquered even death and lives forevermore.

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