Murder has been around since our first family, Cain and Abel found in the book of Genesis.
In this story, Cain kills his brother Abel because he was jealous of him. He hated the fact that his brother did everything right and his motivation to kill his brother was something that sprung from his own heart. It was cold -blooded murder then and it would be cold blooded murder now.
There is nothing new under the sun.
It is in the heart of every human being to kill and to covet. Oh, you might put on your spiritual mask to hide those sunspots of self-righteousness, but if you and I were to look down deep in the wellspring of our soul, you would see that we are no different.
The majority of us are not likely to grab a .22 rifle and shoot our own brother, but Jesus said in 1 John 3:15 that if we hate our brother, we are then guilty of murder already in our heart.
I am sure even as I said that you thought of the person that you have a grudge against right now, in this moment.
According to the Bible, which I wholeheartedly believe, the only way to be free from this ungodly sickness within us all is to exchange your heart of wickedness for God's heart of love.
I am not trying to talk in “Christianese” here. In fact, I want you to understand from whatever background, culture, and religion you come from, we are ultimately all the same in our makeup. Our creator God built us for relationship with each other, and our greatest enemy to make that happen is the person we look at in the mirror.
Some people blame it on guns, some people blame it on mental disorders, some people blame it on all types of media, and some people even blame it on the devil, but in reality we need to look inward. We need to start with us.
There are a number of verses in the Bible warning us that when we start pointing our fingers, we have three fingers pointing back at us (Romans 2:1, Isaiah 58:9).
Sure, guns are dangerous in the hands of angry and uneducated youth -- or anyone for that matter. And yes, mental disorders have been on the rise and are rapidly increasing in a society, where the Law of God is not permitted. And, oh yes, we do have an adversary we call the devil, who likes to provoke us to bad works while in our wanderings.
And I am certain that violent video games -- my personal pet peeve -- definitely have an impact on the minds and hearts of of our youth, whether you choose to believe it or not.
It's logical that repeated exposure to violence in video games would desensitize a frustrated 15 year old who murders his mother and siblings. And why wouldn’t it desensitize a 22 year old from killing innocent children in a school?
Yes, all these factors play into the reasoning, but the bottom line is that our hearts are wicked. All of our hearts are!
The Bible says that there is no one who does what it is right. We all fall short of His Glory! We all fall short of loving our brother as Christ has loved us. The opposite of hate is love.
So the answer to end the hate crimes in our society is simple, and is summed up in this one commandment, “Love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself” (Mathew 22:37-39, Romans 13:9 NIV).
When you follow this law in your heart then I guarantee that you will not be murdering anyone, not even in your heart.