Love Never Fails : Delighting in evil – tragedy in Oklahoma

“Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.” (1 Corinthians 13:6 NIV)

Saturday, at the homecoming parade for Oklahoma State University, a 25 year old woman driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs, plowed into the crowd, killed four and injured dozens.

Tragic, senseless, horrific.

There really are no words that fully express the tragedy of it all. I imagine the pain of the family members whose loved ones were killed or injured is indescribable. My heart and prayers go out to them.

Reading the news reports, I wasn’t surprised by the outpouring of comments, some supporting and caring about victims and their families, and some lashing out at the woman and calling for her to be punished to the fullest extent. Does she deserve that? Absolutely. But the more I read, the more I saw a vehement theme.

She deserves to die. She deserves to be tortured. She deserves the worst possible thing that could happen to her. I hope she rots in hell!

Quite honestly, if she has any regard for life, (and I hope she does) she has already received the worst possible punishment that she can get. She has to live the rest of her life, however long or short that is, knowing that she made a conscious choice to drive her own car under the influence of alcohol or drugs and her choice killed four people. I don’t know how a person lives with that.

When I read all the comments calling for her demise, I understand that they are coming from a place of outrage over a senseless act that killed innocent bystanders. What concerns me however, is how easily we seem to take this situation and turn it into reveling in whatever kind of extreme suffering she will have to experience.

We are delighting in evil.

No, we’re not delighting in the evil of an intoxicated woman killing people with her car. But we are delighting in the demise of her life. I can’t imagine how she will live with herself after this. I would think that the death penalty might actually be a relief, because then she’d be done reliving the terrible choice she made that caused others so much pain.

Let’s look at the humanity of every person involved. Let’s remember that there are families grieving the loss of their loved ones and a family grieving the loss of their daughter whose life is forever changed by a senseless, stupid choice. I can’t imagine the loss of my child to a lifetime in prison any more than I can imagine the loss of my child to a senseless death.

Let’s choose to rejoice with good things and not delight in revenge and hostility. In the end, we get to choose. Let’s not be bitter, let’s be better at loving and caring. Because in the end,

Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails

This is the 27th post in my series Love Never Fails for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge. You can click here to go to my introduction page and find links to all the posts in the series. Also, if you’d like to receive these posts directly in your inbox, just enter your email address in the bar to the right. I promise to never share your information.

Tell me what you think

%d bloggers like this: