Mothers Who Kill Their Children: A Discussion About Justice
Justice, Repentance, and Forgiveness for Mothers Who Kill their Children?
How should we respond to the issues surrounding mothers who kill their children?
After a sad incident I unexpectedly crossed paths with a man from Charleston, S.C. who said that he was stunned over the tragedy that had just occurred in his region.
I was focusing on the immediate needs of a relative and didn’t know what he meant at first, so he was surprised that the story about a mother who killed her children was not on my mind.
He began to “preach” to me about the issues related to not judging other people and forgiveness. Why he began this conversation with me I’m not quite sure, but since we were in a waiting room I politely listened to him in hopes that he would listen to my reply.
As he parroted phrases from the tide of humanistic thinking that has swept our country I thought about the blindness that so many embrace because they haven't been taught to think with common sense, but there was more to the problem this man struggled with...
Truth invites scrutiny, but error demands tolerance.
The Discussion About Mothers Who Kill Their Children Begins
When he finished I pointed out that the Bible does not say that we should not judge other people. I urged him to give consideration to the entire counsel of God’s Word and not to take phrases out of context.
As I talked to him about how the Bible teaches that though we must be careful about judging another person’s heart or their motives, we are to judge both good and bad behavior, commending one, standing against the other. The truth about the dangers of giving forgiveness before there is repentance began to dawn in his eyes as we talked.
I also explained that while the Bible warns us about the consequences of splitting hairs over small things, it is very clear about serious matters of character and crime. Harming other people through lies, thievery, predation, and murder, are serious matters that should not be treated lightly.
For the good of an offender as well as all victims and the related community, a justice system should respond appropriately to violent acts. I spoke with this man about the importance of addressing serious matters like mothers who kill their children according to their scope and scale through our country’s legal system.
The question of whether the South Carolina mother who killed her baby boys two weeks ago would have, at the very least, thought twice about committing her crime if Susan Smith, 1994 murderer of her two baby boys, had been given the death penalty hung heavy in the air. The man’s head turned thoughtfully as I asked him that question and made the point that a country’s legal system has a valid responsibility to speak to general society through its judgements against crime.
Our country’s imperfect legal system continues to develop. It is flawed and it will never be perfect, but its foundation was built on Judeo/Christian principles that support efforts to give both freedom and justice to our citizens.
The thinking shifts in other countries, though, and the practice of Sharia law is eye-for-eye. When they say that eye-for-eye judgements are God’s Word for today’s societies they reflect the fact that the nations practicing Sharia law (or something similar) completely reject the New Testament.
Picking and choosing what suits them from the Old Testament at any given moment is bad enough, but the rejection of the New Testament increases the insanity of their way of life. What they claim brings peace and order merely covers the underlying terror that ordinary citizens live with every minute of every day, especially their girls and women who are subject to brutalizations which our minds can barely grasp.
As the news of the latest mother who killed her children in South Carolina broke in my area, an article on a Saudi judge seeking eye-for-eye judgement against a man who paralyzed another in a fight was also highlighted. Little information about that fight is available, making it impossible to answer the natural questions that come up. After all, aren’t two men who fight equally responsible for the outcome unless there is something unfair involved, such as an ambush, or one with a weapon blindsiding the other?
We can’t know the answers to such questions regarding this particular case from the Saudi world, but we can examine Sharia law in general and ask ourselves some obvious questions about their way of life. We should most definitely examine what is happening in our country as well as our world where Muslim people groups are occupying new territories. Among all the obvious questions, we certainly should ask ourselves how their stated religion’s mandates to blot out those who reject their way of life relate to their moving into other countries at high rates.
While legal systems in all countries should accept their responsibility to address crime, a system that is open to scrutinization by both the common people and other branches of government is the only wise and safe system. Systems that are “open” only to a distinct branch of government, a specific religious system, or to any other single group are always the most corrupt. Public examination is one of the best checks against corruption, because, as one of my favorite quotes puts it, “Truth invites scrutiny, error demands tolerance.”
Does the Problem of Mothers Who Kill Their Children have Answers?
Though no method of human government is perfect, for countries that do allow the most freedom to its citizens is (and therefore its government is) only as honorable and decent as the people’s self-government. Clearly, self-government is at an all-time low and self-indulgence is the rule.
Choosing not to live by the entire counsel of the Word of God (the counsel of the combined Old and New Testaments) is an individual choice in America. Sadly, we have lost sight of the fact that the effects of rejecting God's counsel overlap into every segment of society and are reflected in the homes, schools, churches, prisons, and hospitals of those who will not have His ways.
No legal system can solve the problems of any people group. Only Jesus the Christ holds out hope for mankind. He does so on an individual basis for those who seek Him according to His Word.
Apart from the Gospel people are unable to break free from the bondage of life under something like Sharia law or from that which the mothers who killed their children in South Carolina are under. Individually and corporately our race is up against something bigger then we are--the human race needs the Savior.
No amount of entertainment, “busy”ness, drugs, counseling, or so-called works under any religious system can ease the fears or salve the conscience. Something in us tells us that there is “more,” we have a sense that we are "missing something.”
The man who started this conversation last week was struggling with his need to understand God’s Word. As we discussed these related topics he did not put it exactly like I am here, but he sensed that in the end we will each meet Truth.
There is one answer, and God’s mercy is available to all (regardless of gender, skin color, birthplace, education, or social status) who will come to Him in repentance with a humble and contrite heart according to His Word -- John 10:10.
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