Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

El Paso and Dayton

Written By: richardwcraver - Aug• 05•19

Like most I’ve been watching the news with sadness and anger at the senseless murders this past weekend in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH.

Even yet the authorities haven’t come to any solid conclusions as to ‘why’ the killers did what they did. Hate and domestic terrorism buzzwords have been bandied about, but they have not hazarded a guess at the true cause. I recall an episode of CSI Miami where a rooftop sniper has just been arrested. As he is being put in the police car he turns to David Caruso and asks, “Don’t you want to know why?” Caruso responds, “You are evil. You enjoy death. I hope you enjoy your own death.” A nice Hollywood dialog, but it has stuck with me because of the impact of the truth of the statement. In reality, some people are just evil. Regardless of their actions, motives or means, they are evil. Down through history there have been untold numbers of evil people; Nero, Herod, Jezebel, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Gacy, Blance Moore and the list could go on and on.

I’m not a criminal profiler, but with a word I can surmise the cause, sin. Sin is not a popular word these days, yet it permeates every corner of our existence. I’m not holding myself out as sinless, not by any means. However I believe the facts bear out at least a brief discussion.

In a secular dictionary sense sin is defined something like this: A transgression of ethical or moral law.

However I have a Christian worldview and know sin to be a transgression of God’s law and will. Sin was at work in the garden of Eden, first when Adam and Eve were tempted and chose to eat that which God commanded they should not. Sin was also at work when Adam and Eve’s son Cain killed his brother Able. Yes, even in the garden of Eden sin found a foothold. Before mankind developed swords, arrows, catapults, firearms or any of the vast weapons of war …. there was murder, in fact a brother murdering his brother.

Later on in the New Testament book of Mark 7, Jesus sums it up like this.

20 ….. “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

“Out of the heart….” I can only speak for myself, my heart is what causes me trouble in all the areas of my life. The cliche, ‘Follow Your Heart’ seems like pretty bad advice when confronted with truth.

I encourage you to be honest with yourself and examine your own heart and how it lines up with the heart and will of God. Apart from Him we have no goodness or righteousness of our own. If we are honest, I think we all have more in common with the Texas and Ohio killers than we are comfortable admitting.

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