The Race to Baltimore
© April 29, 2015, All Rights Reserved.
“Who [indeed] is the victor over the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:5 New American Bible
I have long been of the opinion that there are really only two types of people within the world: those that think that they know everything and those that could care less about knowing anything. Of course, we all understand that most of us fall into a third, more prominent category. That of people who desire to learn as much about the world surrounding us as possible and we carry this belief unto our death. That is, for instance, the vast majority of Christians living within the world know that we are not guaranteed eternal life; that we must work hard to keep God’s commandments intact every day of our earthly lives. Being a “child of God” through Christ, Our Lord, equates to a massive construction project. Only the ignorant complain about the noise, the litter, and the ugly mess sprouting up from the earth. The impatient cannot comprehend the artistic beauty that will arise from when the ‘process’ is complete, and such represents humanity as a whole.
The tragic events in Baltimore, Maryland during this past week illuminate the best and worst of humanity’s construction phase. On the darker, more sinister side, we witnessed teenagers throwing cinder blocks against firefighters trying to save the desperate community. Such actions were taken under the argument that the police were racists, not quite understanding that no fire department has ever been accused of taking lives. On the brighter, more uplifting side, we have seen the video of a young mother manhandling her sixteen-year-old son off the streets of anarchy to fetch him safely home. In an age when simple spanking is considered child abuse, it was definitely refreshing to see a parent figuratively “crack the skull” of a criminally intent child. Despite the massive hardships within her own life, she knew the difference between right and wrong.
This week, as if on cue, a trial is underway in Colorado where the defense team for a mass murderer is trying to lay the claim of insanity upon a rational jury, insinuating that their charge knew not the difference between right and wrong when he deliberately killed twelve and nearly killed another seventy. Those who cannot adequately determine right from wrong cannot plan with any degree of sincerity. They cannot stockpile, for doing so requires rational thought. They cannot subdue their intended targets (using smoke grenades and, possibly, CS gas), for to do so requires reflection upon others’ response. And, most of all, they cannot bypass targets potentially defended by armed citizens, for to do so requires asymmetric consideration. Organization remains the nail that seals the coffin of incapability.