WHY SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE IT IS OKAY TO MURDER OTHER PEOPLE
Hopefully this title can help make a person stop their scanning and do a double take. I can easily see a person saying to themselves “I didn’t see that correctly did I”. One of the problems for the human race is the absolute fact that many millions of people do believe in this idea. I am a 61 yr old white male and I have lived all of my life within the borders of the lower 48 States of the U.S.. Through my life experiences (mostly as a long haul truck driver) I have learned many things, as I hope that all people have been able to do.
I am going to tell you a true story where the center point would be about February of 1978 in a small town in south-west Virginia named Galax. I had shortly before this time gotten out of the military and had decided to live in Galax which is the town where I was born instead of going back to the town where I spent my growing up years at in northern Illinois, in a town named Belvidere. During my growing up years in Belvidere I attended the local Church of Christ, so when I moved to Galax I started attending services there at the South Side Church of Christ.
I only attended services there for three weeks. The Preacher with his wife and young daughter were from the state of Pennsylvania so they were not local folks, in fact they were Yankees, so I was a bit surprised that he had even been hired there in the first place. After services on the third Sunday evening the Preacher turned in a thirty-day notice. It was easy to see that there was something wrong going on at this Church, so as I was filling out of the building that evening I spoke with the Preacher to ask him why he was quitting because I was thinking about becoming a regular there and if there was something bad going on here I would like to know about it so to help me in deciding if I would continue attending there. The answer the Preacher gave me, I will tell you what he said toward the end of this story. But, what he told me opened my eyes to a question that had puzzled me for many years. The inner question within my thoughts was “why in some people’s minds is it okay to murder other people, why does anyone think they have the right to do that to anyone”?
In world history there have always been wars, both big and small, and for many different reasons. It is expected that people kill other people during a war. But it is not expected during a peaceful time. If you kill people during a war battle there will be no repercussions leveled against you. What I want to speak to you about is the killing of people in the civilian world. For an example, look at the violence in the south side of Chicago Illinois. It seems that most of this violence is about drugs and turf wars. Who or what gives a person the right to do all of this killing? Look at world history, it is filled with blood. Just looking at the US history, look at how all non-whites were treated for about 400 years. Didn’t matter whether you were Black, Hispanic, Asian, or Indian they were all disrespected horribly. The question again, what made some people think they had some God-given right to commit these acts of hate?
Now I want to go back to 1978 and my talking with the Preacher who was quitting. My eyes were opened by his answer. He told me that the people there at that congregation believed that the only people who had Souls were whites, to say the least, my shadow never darkened that doorway again. What my eyes were opened to was the fact that if a person looks at another person and in their eyes they are not looking at another human, just an animal, it makes it easy to kill that person if you believe that way. Throughout human history some of the most horrible acts of violence have been committed in the name of God. When you look toward the Middle East you see that most everyone in the region hates Israel and most Israelis have no love loss for Islamist. Almost everyday you hear of Jihad’s against people within and outside of their own faith. Us Christians should not get to uppity, we have had many people killed where both sides did what they did in the name of Jesus Christ. How much blood was spilled in wars between Protestants and Catholics? They both believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died and was raised the third day by the power of the Holy Spirit, so how does either side think that God will approve their actions? Hopefully now you will have a better understanding as to why some people think it is okay to kill someone else. In the name of God, no one has the right to be offensive toward anyone else and if there is no offence then there is no need for a defense. But that is only wishful thinking, humans are simply too egotistical to put others up onto their own plain and to quit thinking of others as being of less worth than themselves. Contrary to some religions beliefs and contrary to some groups beliefs all people are human beings and thus all people do have a Soul. Jesus told us plainly that no murderer has any part in the Kingdom of God. There was a time before the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ that only the Royal Bloodline could have salvation and by Jesus’s own words we (Gentiles) were considered not be a people. In fact Jesus in a parable referred to all of us Gentiles as dogs. Yes God is great, and humans are at times animal-like and, dumb as a stump.