Bad vs. Good

A bad man is dead.

Yes, Virginia, there are bad people!! jPeople are taught do and be bad or to do and be good. Because human nature is innately selfish, bad is an easy road. But there ARE bad people who do bad things. HOW we deal with it tells the world who we are.

Back in the first quarter of the 20th century, Father Flanagan founded Boy’s Town, a place for troubled young boys to make a fresh start at a good life. In the 1938 film starring Spencer Tracey and Mickey Rooney, the motto was “There is no such thing as a bad boy.” True. But before you tilt your head, smile sweetly, and wipe a tear from your eye, your survival depends on more than that one over simplified statement, two points of which are:

  • The age of innocence is lower than it was in 1920 and the age of reversal is not too far behind it if there is no intervention between those two points.
  • If the information taught to a child is not balanced with at least one alternative, the information taught is absolute truth e.g. evolution, ethnic or religious hatred.

The Bible tells us that the sins of the fathers are visited on the children from generation to generation. If I may be so bold as to suggest that hatred directed toward our fellow man is a sin, (not to be confused with what it takes to defend oneself and family), we can see that hatred taught by the previous generation to the young of the next is doing just that, passing the sins of the fathers to the children.

When I traveled with my parents to California in 1967, we stopped at a motel in Kansas on the way back. We were given two ajoining rooms for the price of one. In the quiet of my own room, I was able to sit up as late as I wanted and chose to watch a Billy Graham crusade. At age 17, I had not yet made my commitment to be a Christ Follower, but He was working on me. I remember thinking, like so many others, that I was young and didn’t need to worry about where I was going after I died since I was, after all, so far away from dying at age 17. As Mr. Graham was talking about sin itself, he made it clear that yes, taking a cookie from the cookie jar after being told not to was in the sin category the same as adultery, but the difference was in the heart. He said the younger generation needed to know that sexual sin in particular, especially when justified and repeated, hardens the heart. It becomes harder and harder to repent. He begged his audience to come to Jesus in their youth when the heart is still tender. Satan waits to snatch the unsaved soul at the point of death at any age and holds no pity for the sad old person in the nursing home. The choices that person made from childhood to wheelchair dictate his or her eternal home, not the level of pity projected onto him in his current helpless state.

We read in the Bible that God destroyed Israel’s enemies time after time. We also read that He disciplined Israel, sometime to the point of individual execution. If He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, where do we get the idea He winks at our indiscretions or looks the other way? Unrepentant enemies are consistently taken out at some point. And, this is important, in a state of unrepented sin, we are God’s enemy.

In our physical realm, up can only exist when compared to down. The same is true of light and dark, left and right, hot and cold, good and evil.

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was taught hatred, sin, evil toward people who were not Muslim. He embraced it and acted on it with zeal. Yes, I am humbled to think that someone who has practiced evil and by choice repeatedly refused to repent of sin and accept Yeshua Messiah will burn in fire forever. It sends shivers through me that as he and others are plummeted into that molten lake of fire, they are suddenly in full realization of their mistakes and their inability to reverse their decisions.

Choice. Zarqawi was not ignorant. He couldn’t help being exposed in today’s world to other choices. But at some point he was hardened and less likely to consider any other options but hatred and hatred’s child, justification.

He beheaded an American Jew with a rusty blade. On film. The victim being a Jew garnered extra points for the killer, as hatred for Jews in particular is taught in the Koran giving him extra pleasure. The victim screamed as Zarqawi shouted “ALLAH!” He beheaded others, killed his own people — men, women, children — indiscriminately, at will, without remorse. Even his own organization told him to cool it, but he didn’t.

I don’t give a flying flip what you hear about how badly our military treated poor, poor unsuspecting Zarqawi with those nasty old bombs. When Mussolini was captured and killed, it was the Italians who dragged his body through the streets. American policy does not  this. permit or condone this.  When Zarqawi was found in the rubble, he was, according to American military policy, no longer an enemy to be taken out, but simply wounded, and was put on a stretcher and even given CPR. Someone tell me if those points were reported on CNN.

A self proclaimed enemy in the very real war on terror died.  Another takes his place. He, too, and his new team, need to either repent and stop killing, or die. No arrest, no trial, die. They are not accidentally killing, they aren’t killing because they were abused as children, they are … trained to be bad. They, as Zarqawi, have been exposed to other choices. If they too are taken out, the coalition forces are doing their jobs. It’s a war, with guns and live ammo, not a discussion, not a board game.  Soldiers are taught to kill people and break stuff.  Period.
Delbert Carlson, a WWII veteran and member of the Litchfield Christian Church, was in the second wave to hit Normandy beach. He had to step over bodies, some of them his friends, and charge the enemy at the risk of his own life. We lost 6,000+ men on D-Day, a single day, the British 4,000. For what? So we can arrest and try evil beheading enemies like Zarqawi as if they have the same American constitutional judicial rights that thousands of soldiers in wars past died to protect for US??

I can hardly wait to see a military person and thank him or her profusely for doing his duty on my behalf and encourage him to continue with pride and with my support.

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