Here in Colorado, we recently had a man who killed his wife, two daughters and unborn son. After he admitted to killing them, a flood of Facebook posts came out saying that he should “burn in hell” or “I hope he rots in hell”. Post after post spewed with hateful things about this man. We all have sinned and deserve to spend eternity in hell. However, God sent His son to die for us on the cross giving us that gift of grace. That includes the murderers, cheaters, liars, even me.
I find this statement, that he deserves hell, a very harsh and hateful statement. If you think of hell what do you think of? In the bible it mentions a hot horrible place with gnashing of teeth. A place of pain and suffering. I googled the word “gnashing” and discovered that it meant, “a grinding of teeth, typically a sign of anger”. If hell is the most horrible place anyone could go, would you want someone to go there that you loved? No, you want your loved ones to go to heaven where they can spend eternity with God and eternity without pain. So, if someone wants another person to go to hell, doesn’t that mean they hate them? Isn’t hate the only thing that can drive us to wish a place like hell onto someone else?
With that in mind, Read 1 John 3:15. God says, “Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him”. NIV So, if we hate someone so much that we wish they would go to hell, doesn’t that mean that we are just as guilty as the murderers in this world? If hatred is how we feel, then we also deserve eternity in hell because hating another person is just like murder.
Don’t get me wrong, what that man did to his wife and children is very wrong and it makes me sad. In fact, it breaks my heart to think that they had to die at the hands of the person they loved. However, instead of hating the man, why don’t we pray for him. Pray that he can find God and ask Him for forgiveness for the horrible things he has done. Pray, that through the rest of his time on this earth, he realizes what he did was wrong.
Also, pray for his family as well. He has a mother and a father; maybe even siblings. What would you do if one of your siblings killed someone? You would feel a sense of loss as well. I know if one of my brothers killed their wife and children, I would be devastated. Not just because I had lost family, but because I cannot see them doing something that horrible. Everyone does things in their life that are wrong but I highly doubt anyone can see their family member killing someone.
So, as you watch the news and see the horrible things people do to each other, pray. Not only for the families who have lost a loved one, but pray for the one who was so lost and struggling so bad, that they could not see another way out of their situation. Pray that God will change their heart and they will ask for forgiveness before it is too late.