This week has been another whirlwind of activity for the police and those of us in the Pine Hills area as two law enforcement officers died – one by fugitive Markeith Loyd, who was already wanted in the December murder of his pregnant ex-girlfriend.
With the reward at $100,000 and 300 tips called in during the first 24 hours of the manhunt one wonders how long before a family member or friend breaks and chooses the money over Markeith. After all, someone knows where he’s at (or been recently).
And thus we get to the heart of the matter. Even society understands the greed that lies in the hearts of humanity. If enough money is offered, eventually someone will cave. True loyalty reveals itself despite our deceptive hearts.
The question then becomes; should it be about the money?
Our culture has been raising young people for years with the notion that ratting someone out is downright wrong. In grade school tattle-tailing is frowned on and as students age so is ratting someone out. So where does this idea come from and what are we to make of it.
I’m going to boil it down to two things; there are some things that should simply be covered in love (Proverbs 10:12) and there are other things that should be exposed. This is an issue of justice and righteousness. We are aware of the saying “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch” but we hypocritically bury the truth (Romans 1), often out of either fear of man (rather than fear of God) or friendship with the world (rather than friendship with God).
Entire neighborhoods claim they want crime reduced but when crime occurs mouths are sealed as police and investigators look for answers. This sealing of the mouth when it comes to violent crime and malicious attacks on other people is actually sin!
Sin (violent crime for example) is to be removed from us; both personally and as a society. Unlike a personal wrong like disrespect, saying unfavorable things or the like, which are to be covered in love (forgive and move on), certain actions are specifically not to be treated this way (they can and should be forgiven but there are serious consequences to be had as well).
Hence in the Bible crimes against humanity (murder, kidnapping, rape, etc.) were deemed very serious and capital punishment was the prescribed consequence (Genesis 9:6; Exodus 21:14-17; 21:12; Numbers 35:16-17; Deuteronomy 19:11-12; 27:24; etc.). If you turned the other way, closed your eyes so to speak to these attacks on God’s image bearer you were guilty of contributing to the offense.
Whether or not it was ever done I don’t know but even wayward family members were to be killed -as a community – to keep malicious behavior to a minimum.
Until we are more concerned about righteousness than ratting we will continue, as a society to reap what we sow – murderous activity by murderous hearts.
Proverbs 6:16-19 says;
There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, And one who spreads strife among brothers.
Read the Prophets of the Old Testament starting with Isaiah chapter 1.
We need to learn to fear God (respect, obey, follow, love) and allow His righteousness to change us if we want a better society.
**We pray for the capture and ultimately the salvation of Markeith.*
*We pray for the families that lost loved ones.*
*We pray for our cities that God’s people would rule in righteousness*
PS – This post is not an argument for or against the death penalty. The verses referred to about capital punishment are to denote the seriousness of the offense and how wrong it is to look the other way in these situations.