Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 14th, 2020
You shall not murder.
Exodus 20:13 (NIV)
For the third consecutive year – and the fourth time in the last five years – Thunder Bay was the homicide capital of Canada in 2018. That’s according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada’s annual reports on police-reported crime incidents and homicide data in municipalities with a population of 100,000 or more. With eight homicides reported in 2018, Thunder Bay, ON, had a per capita rate of 6.38 murders per 100,000 population. That is more than three times greater than the overall Canadian homicide rate.
My wife’s grandmother didn’t watch much TV, but she enjoyed watching ‘Murder, She Wrote’. She would regularly complain, however, that she didn’t like the fact that on almost every episode someone got killed. There is something about murder that both interests and repels us. We innately know that murder is the highest of crimes because it ends a life, and leaves those who were closest to the victim with permanent grief. Murder is such a part of our fallen world that it wasn’t long after sin entered into the human experience that we read about how one of Adam and Eve’s children – Cain – murdered his brother Abel. So when God gave the Ten Commandments, the first law dealing with relationships between human beings, deals with this most final of actions. Exodus 20:13 puts it simply: “You shall not murder.” Do not take the life of another human being with premeditated intent. It is not for us to hold the power of life and death over another individual. The Bible is clear that we are to respond to those who hurt us, or harm us, with love and forgiveness, not murder.
These have been words from the heart.