The Christian doctrine revolves around love and kindness. The love it preaches is beyond any human’s grasp. For one, to love someone who doesn’t love you back is just absurd and crazy. Yet, one of Christ’s teachings is not only to love your neighbor but to love your enemies as well. Most believer could probably do the first one but never the latter. How could you love someone who hates you, to the point that individual wishes you harm. Looking back before you become born again, we were all enemies of God because of our sin and unrepentant nature and yet God didn’t stop loving us. He love us so much that He sent his one and only Son to save us from His wrath.
I was browsing through my facebook. One of my friends shared this article, about a guy named Carl Panzram. This guy was so vile that I’ll share two of his quotes.
And before his death, “Hurry up, you Hoosier bastard, I could kill ten men while you’re fooling around!”
With those words, right before his death. I see a person who is full of hatred and vengeance. I also see a man who is crush, broken in spirit, helpless. That all he wants is just to end everything, not an act of cowardness but rather a means of escape from a world of abuse, torture and pain. All throughout his life only one man showed him kindness. His prison guard Henry Lesser. They became friends eventually and he convinced him to write about his life.
We often see outlaws only through one side of it. We never ask why how such an individual became one. I am not defending such individual, no matter what one went through. Regardless of what the factors are the choice is still up to us. What if someone showed him kindness when he was a boy? That there is a life after this world. Jesus Christ tells us to become the light of the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matt. 5:14-16 NASB)
Yes, it is easy to judge such an individual. However the grace and love of God knows no bounds. For the word of God is like a double edge sword. Besides we all have one thing in common, we’re all sinners.