Bob Costas on NBC’s Sunday Night Football read some of KC sportswriter Jason Whitlock’s opinion that gun control would have prevented Kansas City Chief Jovan Belcher from murdering his girlfriend and committing suicide.
Does anyone really think that legislation would have prevented a professional athlete with no small sum of money from purchasing and using a firearm, or for killing someone else and then himself? Whitlock and Costas do; I disagree.
We have a much bigger problem than gun proliferation.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. — Ephesians 6:12
We are a sanctimonious bunch. There are some sins we can’t ever picture ourselves doing, and so we are better than someone else. We might say, “I could never do that; that’s just so wrong.”
There is real evil in this world, and it is in every one of us. It makes no difference whether our “I could never do that” sin is murder, suicide, theft, adultery, homosexuality, coveting, parental disrespect, or the big sin that covers all of the above, idolatry. Oh, and if idolatry is your “I could never do that” sin, the aforementioned cosmic powers and spiritual forces of evil are halfway to victory.
There is no excuse for what Jovan Belcher did. There’s no excuse for what we do, either.
We don’t need an excuse. We need a Savior, and we have one. We need forgiveness, and our Savior absolves us. No matter what awful things we do, we need not serve judgment upon ourselves but instead throw ourselves at the foot of the cross. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Pray for everyone affected: the child left without parents, the mother who witnessed a murder, the coaches who witnessed a suicide, and everyone else involved. Look to your neighbor and see as best as you can if you can lend a hand; money isn’t the only mode of charity. Finally, flee for refuge to the death and resurrection of Christ, who covers all your sins and cleanses you from unrighteousness.