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CLARITY – 1-15-20 Giving and Taking


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-15-20

Giving and Taking

What’s Happening: “John Gardner, 64, at 6pm (CDT), barring any successful last-minute appeal, will be put to death by lethal injection tonight in Huntsville, Texas, for shooting to death his estranged wife Tammy, 41, in 2005. It was testified at trial that she had said that she would not come out of her marriage alive. John, who had been married five times, had allegedly shot his pregnant second wife and injured his third. The U. S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 ( Quoting the Reuters article by Brendan O’Brien: ‘On Jan. 23, 2005, about a month after she filed for divorce, Tammy Gardner asked a co-worker to help her ‘disappear’ so no one could track her. That night, John went to Tammy’s home and shot her once in the head, prosecutors said. She died two days later at a hospital.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Maybe he had anger issues.”

Biblical Response:  “You think?! Everyone gets angry, which is no sin, but to lose control…it looks like in his case he was out of control (Eph. 4:26). The Defense probably tried to lay his anger off on some event in his childhood…that, however, is no excuse for taking a life (Ex. 20:13). Giving your life? Well, that’s a different matter (Gal. 1:4, 1 Tim. 2:6, 14). Why different? Because, as in the case of Christ, he did so voluntarily. (He could have called more than twelve Legions of angels to His aid – Matt. 26:33…and at 6,000 per legion, that’s maybe overkill – if you’ll pardon the pun).”

“Christians? We believe there’s a huge difference in giving your life and taking a life. We also believe that there’s a difference in the first death and the second one (Rev. 20 14). The first separates a person temporally from the requirements of physical life – heart beat, respiration, brain function, etc., the second separates them eternally from what’s necessary for spiritual life: God.”  

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to control our anger, but to not live dispassionate lives…also, may we realize the difference in giving our lives and taking someone else’s life; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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