Murder-Suicide – Two boys killed in Spruce Grove
Mother and stepfather called 911 when they arrived to take children home for the holidays
This last weeks murder-suicide has shined a spotlight once again on the darker side of human nature. It is altogether tragic, whether it be the result of mental illness, depression or sheer hatred. The scenario becomes even more vexing given the loss of two precious boys. The added fact there is no recourse for justice can be tormenting. Yet, the anger can be assuaged with the realization no one escapes justice. No one!
The beauty of faith, if you have it, is that human agencies are not our last avenue for resolving injustice. Murderers, whatever sort they might be, are not without consequences. Those who take their lives in the hope of averting a penalty can be forewarned–it is in vain. The reality one awakens to in such cases, is a God who loves justice just as much as those little boys. It is difficult to portray in natural terms except to say, there exists a level of accountability before God, far greater than one could ever imagine from a human court. An imminent sense of terror and unnatural dread will meet these perpetrators–of this I am quite certain.
While it provides little immediate comfort for a mother or other close friend and relatives, it does resolve one important component in this tragedy. It answers the need for justice with a certain confidence. The scripture declares, “God is not mocked, whatever a man sows that will he also reap.” Believe me when I say the guilty will experience a level of regret, from which there is no escape. Having said that, I would not wish such an encounter on my worst enemy.
So for those whose minds languish over the possibility of injustice let your hearts begin to heal. Give yourself the time to recover without anxiously worrying that someone is escaping liability. There is no refuge in death ‘but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries’ (Hebrews 10:27).