I’m sure you have seen pictures of this man over the last 24 hours.
For me, when I see this man’s picture it draws many emotions to my mind. I feel sorrow and pity for the man because Satan has such a hold on his life. The senseless murders of 12 innocent lives. 58 others left wounded and certainly people he had hoped to kill as well. What a tragedy!
So now what? The police have him in custody. So let’s have justice! Right? We want justice for the families of those who lost loved ones and for those who he’s hurt, right? Yes. There should be justice.
And a thought struck me about justice. Where does justice come from? If you believe in evolution and that all of us got here from a Big Bang in space 13 billion years ago, then you’ll have a hard time explaining “justice.” Lions, for instance, have no sense of justice. Cats and dogs have no sense of justice. Can they show some compassion, perhaps. But, can the animal kingdom show and exhibit justice like we (humans) do?
Think about a lion who sees a momma rabbit and a couple of little baby rabbits. Does a lion have a sense of justice? Let’s say the lion sees another rabbit 15 feet away, off to itself. If the lion had a sense of justice and fairness it would seek to kill the single rabbit versus the momma and her two babies. But, no, that’s not how it works, correct? The lion sees a larger “dinner” with the three than with the one. It has no sense of fairness or justice.
Justice is born into the human being because we are quite simply “made in the image of God.” God is a spirit. He is light, love and a consuming fire. God is not man or woman. He is spirit, who lives and has His being in the masculine. He is Father. He is Son and He is Holy Spirit. He is the triune, masculine God and we are all made in His image, in that we are “spirit-beings.” When we die, our bodies go to the ground but our spirits leave these earthen jars of clay and travel to either heaven or hades.
With that said then, I think most would agree that human beings have a sense of fairness and justice. That’s what we want in the case of Holmes and the murders he committed by snuffing out 12 innocent lives. But, what is justice?
“Justice” according to dictionary.com is:
C.S. Lewis says, “Something…appears in me as a law urging me to do right and making me feel responsible and uncomfortable when I do wrong.”
Let me present a scenario for your consideration. Let’s assume two thieves break into your home while you aren’t there and they steal some jewelry and your TV and some cash they find. They jump into their “get-a-way” car and the thief who is driving looks over at a watch that his partner in crime has stolen from your house and he snatches out of his buddies hand and says, “I’ll take that!” And the thief riding in the passenger seat who has just had this watch taken from him says, “Hey, what are you doing! That’s mine!”
Now let that sink in for a second. This is perhaps a silly example, but can you see it happening? Why would a thief say to another thief, “Hey that’s mine!” I mean, give me a break, both guys are thieves and they have just stolen what’s yours and now one is complaining. Why? Can you hear the conversation. The passenger thief says, “Dude, that’s not fair, I took that watch. That’s mine. Give it back!” Why does he say that? Because of a sense of justice that is innately in each of us that comes from our Creator, in whose image we are made. Can you see the image of God even in this silly example? Do you see why we want justice and fairness and what’s right? It’s “born” into us from God, our Maker.
So, as you and I have opportunity to talk to people about the movie massacre in Colorado. Talk about justice. Talk about fairness. Use this example to point to God, our Creator. By the way, and evolutionist can not explain what I have just described to you. You’ll stump him with this. I’ve done it and I’ve used this example not to beat him over the head with it, but to simply say, “That sense of right and wrong, fairness, justice and what’s moral comes from the God you say doesn’t exist.” It leaves them to wrestle with what is divine that is within us all…from our Creator…the God of all justice.
By the way, pray for Holmes. Pray for his salvation. Jesus died for him too. Pray for the families and for those who might not be saved in those homes/families. And one other thought. Should this six-year-old really have had to die?
Veronica was her name. Why was she at a movie theater at midnight prepared to watch a movie that wouldn’t end till almost 2:30 am? I’m so afraid that we are “entertainment” crazy in our country. My grandmother always told me, “Nothing good happens after 10 o’clock at night.” I agree. I feel so sorry for this child’s parents. Yet, it shows me how far we have strayed from doing what is best and right for our children. No child should be allowed to go watch a movie that begins and midnight and would get him/her into bed at 3 or 4 am in the morning. We need to wake up! We need to use this tragedy to teach and to train. All of it is a senseless tragedy and shows the effects of sin on this cursed earth.
But, praise Jesus! One day, all things will be made new! The Lord God will reverse the curse and He will remake this earth and even heaven. Read this carefully…
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.