Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Killer is Me

This past weekend in a story too close to home, a 12-year old girl went missing.  Last night, her body was found dumped in a recycling bin.  There is a certain kind of evil in this world I just do not understand.  It is an evil so depraved that even others who do evil things look down on it with disdain and hatred.  This is the evil where one person thinks that his desires are worth shattering the innocent of a little child and thanking that poor child for their forced sacrifice by killing him or her in the most brutal of ways and dumping their bodies in a way that does not even give back a shred of the dignity stolen by these wicked people.  As it turns out, this 12-year old girl was murdered for a bicycle part by two neighborhood children, which does not make this case any better.  Many others are killed for moments of perverted gratification.  I just do not understand how a person can think that their desires give them the right to hurt of child in unspeakable ways and then out of sheer cowardice to not even face the consequences of their actions, they often kill that child.  Yes, there is that kind of evil in the world today. 
"Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: 'Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives [any] of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given [some] of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name. And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives [some] of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him, then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech.' Leviticus 20:2-5 NKJV
God did not look kindly upon child sacrifice.  In these cases, these children are sacrificed not even to some false god that someone may believe in, but they are sacrificed in the ultimate worship of self.  These men become as gods in their own minds and take it upon themselves to use and sacrifice these children for nothing more than to satisfy their own desires.  This act was seen so wicked by God that if people knew about it and did not take it upon themselves to put this wicked person to death then God would judge them as well. 

Of course this can also be applied to abortion.  Maybe the child is not abused first, but the end is the same and that end is a brutal death without dignity.  In the case of abortion, what makes it even worse, is that the parent kills their own child and for no other reason than they do not want to be pregnant. Adoption is always an option, so I do not buy the whole "I am not ready for a child" argument.  The fact is that they do not want the inconvenience, discomfort, or responsibility of pregnancy and so they kill their own unborn child.  The laws of our nation and a large percentage of our population agrees with this practice, or at the very least agrees that it should be allowed.  Is it any wonder that our nation seems like it is moving backwards?  It is easy to judge a man who rapes and kills a child and feeling anger that a man would be so wickedly selfish that his own sexual desires are worth, to him, the life of an innocent child.  Why is it not equally as easy to have that same righteous anger towards a woman or couple who feel that their own sexual needs are worth the life of their unborn child?  It is the same thing and the death of an unborn child is no less brutal as they are dismembered, removed, and thrown in the trash just as we read in the stories of other missing children. 

And, finally, the same could be said for us.  Those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are free from sin.  When we sin, we willfully commit that sin knowing it is sin.  We also know what Jesus had to suffer as he bore the punishment for our sins.  We can deny it all that we want, but every time that me or you or anyone else claiming to be Christian chooses to sin, we recon our sin more important that the punishment borne by Jesus for that act.  I think this is something we need to consider whenever we are tempted.  We need to consider the pure blameless innocence of Jesus suffering for what we are considering.  Yes, He does love us enough to have suffered and died for whatever sin we commit, but perhaps we should love him back and not take for granted His pain on our behalf.  We hate the shedding of innocent blood no matter what the reason is, but we especially hate it when it is only motivated by utter selfishness.  Whenever we feel that hatred, we need to look in the mirror and remember that we are that man.  We need to remember that our sin shed the innocent blood of Jesus Christ. 

There is truly a terrible evil running amok in this world and the depths of that evil are something I do not comprehend.  What is even a greater mystery to me, though, is the limit of God's grace.  I am going to say something that may turn some stomachs and stir up some anger, but it is something absolutely true.  The rape and murder of an innocent child is not an unpardonable sin.  Jesus even died for them.  Jesus even bore the penalty for that sin on the Cross.  Jesus even wants them to repent and receive everlasting life.  When I see these pictures of these children on the news and when I consider that my wife and I are also trying and praying for a child, I can not comprehend that level of grace.  I think how can God forgive and even reach out in grace to someone who killed such innocence.  I think that if I was a father how could I ever forgive someone for taking the life of my child with such selfish abandon.  Then I look in the mirror and I realize something.  I am that man, Jesus is that innocent life, and God is that Father.  Some people may think that with the things I write that I do not properly understand grace.  They are right, I don't.  Quite honestly, though, I do not think that anyone really does. 
But He [was] wounded for our transgressions, [He was] bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace [was] upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:5-6 NKJV

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