by James Merritt

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Better to Be a Loner Than a Loser (3 of 5)
James Merritt
Daniel 1


1. Cassie Bernall. With one word this teenage girl became a household name and a part of God's Hall of Fame. On April 20, around 11:30AM, two gun-wielding teenagers at Columbine High School confronted her, and with guns raised, one of them asked her this question: ''Do you believe in God?'' After a momentary pause, she looked him squarely in the eye and said, ''Yes.'' After he replied simply, ''Why?'' he shot her and killed her instantly.

2. But at that one moment, with that one word, Cassie Bernall illustrated a principle that every parent should teach their children-it is better to be a loner than to be a loser. You might say that day that a loner was killed by two losers. The losers are now alone in hell, the loner is now with Jesus in heaven.

3. James Patterson and Peter Kim wrote a book entitled The Second American Revolution. In that book they gave the results of an extensive and exhaustive survey they conducted across the nation to determine what the American people really looked for in a leader. Their findings were astonishing. Americans said loudly and clearly that they don't have anyone to look up to anymore.

4. Two out of three Americans said they don't believe we have any leaders with the ability to address the nation's problems. One-half of Americans said that they didn't have anyone in their family they would look to as a role model. Seventy percent of Americans said they believe our nation doesn't have heroes anymore.1

5. Well, I believe in another teenager named Daniel we have all three. He, too, is in God's Hall of Fame because of one word he said-''No.'' Like Cassie Bernall, Daniel knew how to stand alone. We desperately need to teach our kids how to say ''no'' when the crowd says ''yes,'' and how to say ''yes'' when the crowd says ''no.''

6. There is a great truth that states: If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything, and ...

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