You know what disturbs me more about Jeffrey Dahmer?
What disturbs me most are not his acts, though they are disgusting. Dahmer was convicted of 17 murders. 11 corpses were found in his apartment. He cut off arms. He ate body parts… He redefined the boundary for brutality. This monster dangled from the lowest rung of human conduct and then dropped. But that’s not what troubles me most.
Can I tell you what troubles me most about Jeffrey Dahmer? Not his trial, as disturbing as it was… No sign of remorse, no hint of regret. Not his punishment… How many years would satisfy justice?… That’s not what troubles me most about Jeffrey Dahmer. May I tell you what he does?
Months before an inmate murdered him, Jeffrey Dahmer became a Christian. Said he repented. Was sorry for what he did. Profoundly sorry. Said he put his faith in Christ. Was baptised. Started life over. Began reading Christian books and attending chapel.
Sins washed. Soul cleansed. Past forgiven.
That troubles me. It shouldn’t, but it does. Grace for a cannibal? Maybe you have some reservations. If not about Dahmer perhaps about someone’s else. Ever wrestled with the deathbed conversion of a rapist… We’ve sentenced them, maybe not in court, but in our hearts. We’ve put them behind bars and locked the doors. They are forever imprisoned by our disgust. And then, the impossible happens. They repent.
Our response? (Dare we say it?) We cross our arms and furrow our brows and say, “God won’t let you off that easy. Not after what you did. God is kind, but he’s no wimp. Grace is for average sinners like me, not deviants like you.”
“If you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticise someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one” (Rom. 2:1 MSG)
(Adapted from `In The Grip Of Grace’ by Max Lucado)
Food For Reflection
The issue of judging is always very controversial. From the human point of view, it depends on how you look at the issue and from which end of the spectrum you are perceiving it. There will never be a common ground where everyone agrees on what is righteous and unrighteous. Again it may be wrong to say that people who judge others are bad. Sometimes, they are good people who judge others out of good intentions. This proverb gives us some food for thought on this issue- `The road to hell may be paved with good intentions.’ It shows us that there is a lot of paradox in human affairs!
Submitted by Philosaiki