I have to confess that I had never heard of the Voice star Christina Grimmie. I neither watch the show nor do I troll YouTube. Also, in light of the Orlando shooting by a Muslim, there has been little mainstream coverage of her death.
So when I was asked by my wife about the murder and if I thought it was because she was a Christian, I had no answer. As I read, there is little if anything said about the young ladies faith. With her, like many other tragic murders, the focus has been on her singing and love for fans. But, one article has come to light that claims they know the motive.
The Santa Monica Observer reports
It is difficult to find motive in the insane ravings of a madman like Kevin James Loibl. But it has become increasingly apparent to police from an examination of Loibl’s cell phone and computer records, that singer Christina Grimmie was murdered because of her outspoken Christian faith.
Loibl, 27, traveled from St. Petersburg to Orlando, a distance of some 107 miles, with the specific intent to kill the contestant from NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ said police, adding that Grimmie and Loibl did not know each other.
This may be inference by the writer, and it might be true, but one thing is clear. Young Christina loved Christ.
An excerpt: In the western world, especially American civilization, when asking for a person’s religious standing, the most common response you will encounter is simply “I’m a Christian.” Most people subtly just think to themselves “Oh, okay good. I was worried for second.” But as I have traveled to Israel recently, fervently prayed and studied Scripture, and examined the culture around me, I have found that when someone says “I’m a Christian,” I should be more worried for their soul than if they said “I’m an atheist.”
Before you stone me to death with your subconscious judgment, let me explain. If you will, come explore with me what it should look like when a person claims Christianity. Come with me, and let’s take a look at the most overused word in the English language. What is this “Christian” stuff all about anyway? “
We may never be told the reason for this murder, but it appeared that she wanted to use her gifts to glorify Christ.
And this she does in the YouTube video below.