Many peo­ple want those who do wrong to be brought to jus­tice, but often neglect the greater need of those same peo­ple being brought to Jesus. lapdsuspect

Before fugi­tive for­mer police offi­cer Christo­pher Dorner died under siege in a burn­ing cabin at Big Bear last week, a friend of mine said that he hoped Dorner would be brought to jus­tice, but more impor­tantly that he would be brought to Jesus.  This state­ment car­ries some weight to it given that this friend has been a part of the law enforce­ment com­mu­nity for about eight years.  This poses an impor­tant ques­tion in my mind.  How much do we truly care about peo­ple who we deem to have gone too far?

In his man­i­festo, Dorner wrote that he believes the Bible to be mainly a work of fic­tion.  While I strongly dis­agree with that sen­ti­ment, in a way I can under­stand it.  Many sup­posed fol­low­ers of Christ and the Bible do not fol­low His teach­ings found therein. Among other wrongs, Chris­tians often fail to be pos­i­tive exam­ples for those who do not pro­fess to fol­low Christ. In sim­ple terms, we do not prac­tice what we preach.  We dis­crim­i­nate, we oppress, we stand idly by as injus­tice upon injus­tice is heaped upon those we deem less for­tu­nate than ourselves.

God is not happy with injus­tice, and His fol­low­ers should fol­low suit. We need to stand up for those who are being dis­crim­i­nated against.  We should seek to cor­rect and pre­vent the wrongs caused by evil men and women, and this cor­rec­tion and pre­ven­tion begins with us.  Instead of seek­ing revenge against those who have wronged us we should seek rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.  If they reject our efforts, then at least we did our part.  Often this act of kind­ness may not only dif­fuse the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion, but also pre­vent future ones.

We often view peo­ple such as Christo­pher Dorner who com­mit ter­ri­ble crimes and reject Chris­tian­ity as being too bad for God to love.   How­ever, that could not be fur­ther from the truth because while we were still sin­ners, Christ died for us.  As the say­ing goes, “While there is breath, there is hope.”  Let us not give up on oth­ers for God has not given up on us.

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Brent But­tler, who earned his MDiv at Andrews Uni­ver­sity, blogs at Edu­ca­tional Lit­ter.