A little boy was murdered by his mother. She beat him for hours until he died.
And so the talk around the coffee table will begin. I’m going to put my 2 cents here.
Many will say I have my head in the wrong place. Many will say I have my mind is in a useless place among Man. “So Heavenly minded that he is no earthly good”.
Define the word GOOD.
Remember these two indelible items:
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
“Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Response to tragedy:
Does the ground care that it soaks up the blood of so many? Do the walls and rocks care that they witness such great violence? When the deed is done, silence rules as king. What is left to do?
Mop up the blood.
Incarcerate the perpetrator.
Sentence from Justice.
What sentence of Man can mop up the regret of a life lived in violence? What punitive action drives away the sorrow of having been an animal? We throw them in jail. We offer some meager counseling. But nothing cleans the heart.
If they are released, have we done them any favors? If they are put to death for their crimes, have we release them from guilt?
God Alone can clean the conscience. I stand as one to testify that this is so. Yes we live as prisoners because of the things we have done. And isn’t Justice required for every man’s life? (“As you sow, so shall you reap.”) But the freedom to love comes from a Love that gives freedom.
Whoever has been forgiven much, loves much. “But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
I’m not asking us to disband prisons. I’m asking us to have mercy. If you can’t hug the murders, the least you can do is appeal to the One who can. What kind of people do we say we are?
Is this too hard for us? Of course it is! But it is a simple matter for the Christ we say lives in us.
A question for us all: who stands to gain more, the violent ones or the righteous?
Let us make proper assessments. But let us be restrained from taking God’s rightful place of judgement. “Do” the Gospel.
(Is the Gospel of Christ only reserved for those who do what is good?)