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The day I baptized my daughter in the Little Miami River in Beavercreek, Ohio
The day I baptized my daughter in the Little Miami River in Beavercreek, Ohio

Drug Dealer Shot To Death

I am in no way trying to make it seem as if a murder of a man is not a tragedy. I know the people involved here previously from work. I believe they are in a state of shock. When a drug dealer is shot to death by other "dealers" I do have a hard time feeling sorry for them though. Then to see an obituary practically putting them into heaven I wonder just what these people are thinking.

Billy Bob departed this life and entered eternal life December, 2010. A beautiful, bright light and bundle of energy, was a graduate of Township High School. He attended the State University and the University of. Preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, paternal grandmother, He leaves to cherish his beautiful light and life, a loving fiancée, son, and daughter, devoted mother, special dad, father, adoring grandmother, siblings,aunts and uncles, cousins, a host of other relatives and loved ones to miss and honor bright light. Funeral service will be held in his local church.

I changed the names and other details but wonder just what kind of "beautiful light" a life of dealing drugs was? I guess some will call me names and think I am just cold hearted. We have a serious drug problem in this area of Ohio and dealers abound in the streets. Murders are common place in this part of town and the police can never have enough time to handle it all. We need more law enforcement than is possible to be placed in the streets.

Where were all these loving people when this man was a boy? Why did they let him get into the business of dealing drugs? If all these people loved him so much why did they condone such a life style? Why did they enable him to keep this life going? I must ask more questions that could fill up several pages on such a subject. Yet, there is one question left! Where was the Christian to show him the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Where was the concern for a soul damned to Hell? As I said I knew one from prior work, merely an acquaintance, and not very well. I knew there were some drug problems but not to what extent. I knew more from rumors and hear say than fact or firsthand.

I know the loss of a loved one people go back to a simpler time in the life of that loved one for memories. I too did that when my dad passed. But the truth is shown in the life they lived. How much longer will we glorify the defiled and reprobate, depraved lost person? Our taxes go to support them and we are supposed to mourn their death? They steal to support their "job" they kill when cheated, and innocent people are harmed at an alarming rate. When is it enough? People are afraid to be outside because of drive by shootings and sadly enough it is no longer at night. Many neighborhoods are as unsafe in the day now as it is in the night.

We are fighting wars overseas but the home front war on terrorism (drug dealers) is a lost cause. Police respond after the fact out of fear for their own safety, one I cannot blame them. Our schools are breeding grounds for furthering the "lifestyle" of making great money, driving awesome cars, and having the "hottest" women. Young teenagers are recruited for the trade. They are promised the best of the world compared to the nothing they currently have. Hey, who could blame them for wanting all the treasures of the world? But the one TRUE treasure they have spurned. The life only found through Jesus Christ.


God I pray, we your people, will have the heart and the love to reach these needing your love and forgiveness. I pray God your mercy will be on us as we go to the streets proclaiming Jesus as the Saviour. God I pray we will be blessed by you to have the courage when confronted to declare Jesus Christ as the Great Physician, the great healer. God I pray you give us the words to speak salvation by grace through faith that these on the streets will open their hearts through the conviction of Your Holy Spirit and hear the Gospel of repentance. God give us the ability to take back our neighborhoods by standing for the Cross of Calvary. God I pray you restore the lives of those burdened by the stain of drugs, reconcile them to you that we may live safely in our homes and not fear day to day. And God I pray, those mentioned in this death notice above will find TRUE peace as only you give, that they may hear your Word and know you are the Living God. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.


One last quote, drug dealers never retire they are killed by their "friends".

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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA

I hear you, brother. I hear you.


Zach 5 years ago

May the Lord have mercy on their souls


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

JD & Zach, thanks for the comments, yes there needs to be some mercy shown to these following this path of destruction. Prayerfully those of us called to do God's work will get out to the hedges and highways and take "thus saith the Lord God" to them.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Jesus came to save the sinner not the righteous.

Brother Dave.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

You are correct, conviction by the Holy Spirit is the answer.

I had a son on drugs from his early teens to very early young adult years. He is now clean and sober raising a family and doing well but I remember the heartache of those years wondering what was to become of him physically and spiritually.

We did not enable him nor did we condone his lifestyle. (I could tell you some pretty radical tough love stories) It was a spiritual bondage that he willingly opened himself up to and only God could break it.

I also did not fool myself into believing that His spiritual condition would go unaffected by this and don't think I would be able to write an obituary like that had something so tragic happened.

I also remember something else from that time. While everyone else was seeing the despicable behavior of my son. I knew who he really was. I remembered the pleasant, thoughtful, affectionate little boy he was and I knew he was still in there somewhere and maybe that was what that family saw as well.

You are also correct that the culture we live in is not a helpful one concerning these issues. The chariots and horses of modern times did not save us one bit. I ran to every social system available (school counselors, probation officers, police department, juvenile facilities, treatment centers) for help to no avail. But I also continued to trust in the name of the Lord. He is the one who has prevailed.

I love my son deeply and would have been just as disheartened as this young mans family was at losing him and even more so at the prospect of his eternal condition.

I can see how others may not have felt disheartened at that time and would have seen him as no loss to them but I also know it would have been a loss to God as well as myself.

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your

evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’

2 Peter 3:9 (New King James Version)

9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to

repentance.

I don't say we need to pity the offenders of this life but we certainly need to see them as a lost soul in need of salvation. Enabling and condoning is not required to love them. Praying for them and never giving up on God's ability to intervene is required.

In Bogota Columbia they take the children of the streets, who I would imagine are creating a whole host of social difficulties, and they take them out of the city and shoot them like unwanted rodents.

I fear that is how we are beginning to see the lost in our culture. I find myself going there at times too but we need to be careful of our attitudes because Jesus told us that in the end times..

Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, Matthew 24:12

I can appreciate where your coming from but I just wanted to share some thoughts from the other side of the equation.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Amen brother Dave, Tamarajo, I really am grateful for your reply. I do hope others that read this hub will take the time to see the insight you have given. It is exactly what I was hoping would happen, someone with the experience to share. I am so happy for you that your son got his life together. Fortunately your son had and has something that this man and his family did not have, a praying mother, God bless you for never giving up or giving in and letting go. AND you hit what I wanted people to see as my point, where are those that can help? Why are our churches not helping more and reaching those in the streets, I too believe we have, "waxed cold" in so many ways. We have said oh well it's their life and it doesn't effect me. Thank you so very much for the comment, I am so pleased and grateful for your response, God bless!


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Michael, there are some lost souls out in this world. We can pray for them, reach out, and be there there for them. Great hub.


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Michael Adams1959 5 years ago from Wherever God leads us. Author

Tinamarie, yes there are lost souls out there we must step out of our comfort level and reach, thanks for your comment.

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