To the Editor:
I googled some stories concerning my former pastor, neighbor, and friend Pastor Billy Dean Randall who was killed by a drunk USC coed who ran a red light and hit Pastor Randall. The State News did a good article and you attached that story which I appreciate.
Please let me explain, Pastor Randall, as the family declared would be the FIRST to forgive the girl, the family forgave her, though she will face the court for her actions. Pastor Randall would want to know that this girl was given the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and that she would receive Christ Jesus as her Saviour.
The message that Pastor Randall would want to give concerning his death: He would want the love of Christ and the forgiveness of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ to be given. Yes, he would tell about the seriousness of sin and what it cost God to pay for our sins;
Ro 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Ro 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Ac 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
Ac 16:26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
Ac 16:27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
Ac 16:28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
Ac 16:29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
Ac 16:30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
Ac 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Ac 16:32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Ac 16:33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. Ac 16:34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.
While we as Christians can forgive by God’s amazing grace, there are penalties for DUI/DWI and especially when it results in killing or injury to someone.
The family during the bond hearing told the girl and the court that the family forgave her, but she would face the judgment for her actions, and she will. Certainly our prayers are that the girl will hear the gospel, repent of her sins, and receive the Lord, who can save her and give her a new heart.
I will personally warn as many people as I can, as to what life changing damage they can cause by just drinking, and even worse if they drink and drive.
If you give any message, continue to tell what the sin of drunkenness can cause, but not only the sin of drunkenness, but all sin. Our sin cost the life of Jesus Christ, but Jesus willingly gave his life for us, no man took it, he laid it down willingly for you and me, and even this young girl, though she may not even realize it yet.
I wish that you could have known Pastor Randall. He would have befriended you, given you the gospel of Jesus Christ, and left you with a gospel tract.