Dan Popp
The killer who got justice had to give it to himself
By Dan Popp
August 28, 2015

And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground." (Genesis 4:10, NKJV)

Two multiple murderers were sentenced on Wednesday. One got a lecture from a judge, whose hands were tied by a jury, which was hobbled by the legislature. The other pronounced sentence on himself. Which of these do you think received a just sentence?

If you guessed the one duly convicted by the legal system, we hope you're enjoying your first day in America.

The slime who shot up a movie theater in Colorado in 2012 – may his name perish with him – should have been executed years ago. There was no question what he did, and no question that it was he who did it. The only question was whether the maggot was competent to stand trial. That surely could have been determined within a year, meaning that the maggot would have been meeting his fellow maggots by now.

The other monster was the one who killed the newscaster and her cameraman on live TV Wednesday. It seems unlikely that he had justice in mind when he turned his gun on himself, but justice was the result.

In one case the State of Colorado denied justice. I don't say justice "to the victims" or even justice "to society." Justice is bigger than judge, jury, killer, victims, families, communities and the world. Justice is its own good. As part of the character of God it is eternal, uncreated and inexorable. It brooks none of our fainthearted nonsense. In the other case, a deranged killer fulfilled the demands of justice. What's wrong with this picture?

Justice will ultimately be done. Heaven and hell are both places of justice. In heaven there is also mercy, but God does not commit a crime when he allows believers into heaven – that's what the Cross was about. And we pray, "...on earth, as it is in heaven?"

Some (but unbelievably, not all) Americans are appalled at the ghoulish practice of cutting apart babies inside the womb to harvest their organs. At taxpayer expense. The "Planned Parenthood Videos" have brought a new level of moral outrage to the pro-life movement. But refusing to execute monstrous killers is just as outrageous to God as slaughtering the innocent. The death penalty was His gift to humanity to protect life. He promised Noah's family, fresh off the ark:
    Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man's brother I will require the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. (Genesis 9:5, 6)
To say that the our society will feed and house and clothe a man who killed twelve innocent people, rather than swiftly dispatching him to meet his Maker, is just as appalling to righteousness as a "doctor" slicing the face off a living baby to get its brain.

America will not survive our continual mockery of what is right.

The book of Hebrews talks about prophets and believers who were martyred, "of whom the world was not worthy." Conversely there are some men so wicked that they are not worthy of the world. It is an insult to humanity, and to the God who made us in His image, that these fiends continue to walk the planet with us.

To deny justice is to commit injustice. The people of Colorado, through their employees, have committed a grievous injustice. The blood of those twelve people still cries out.

© Dan Popp


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