I just joined a new fraternity- those who have their homes invaded and robbed. How can we think Christianly about this event? First of all, I am more than ever convinced that all people need to repent of their sins and to follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. None of my books encouraging repentance and salvation and holiness were stolen, by the way. I am very thankful that no one was home at the time, so no person or pet was harmed, and therefore there is less to forgive than would be the case otherwise. Neither was the robber harmed, and the person or persons can be thankful for that.
I saw on computer that about 50-70 robberies took place in Knoxville during one recent week. I am thankful to have had my first one only recently instead of having many. I am convinced more than ever that our policies of trying to stop drugs is failing and we should probably make just about all kinds legal. Would that increase the usage? Perhaps a bit, but definitely the price would be dramatically lowered so that fewer would rob houses to support their stupid and evil habit. What is the practical thing to do here, and unless you are getting money from the fruitless campaigns against drugs, I do not see any argument for our present laws. Strengthen the laws against drunk driving and driving under any drug influence, but if someone wants to take any sort of drug and fall off a cliff or do something else that harms only the individual who takes the drug and not an innocent victim, let it be.
If you have a son who is on drugs, then search your heart and repent of any and all you have done to enable that. If you have lived a Godly and holy life before him, great. If not, then you are partly responsible for his sins, and calling him an angel when he is really a thug does him no good or you or victims of his injustice either. Many mothers and not a few fathers are like the mother of the gangster Al Capone. She saw his corpse in a casket and said, "He is a good boy." He had personally murdered several and had many more murdered, so whatever he was, he was definitely not a good boy. It is more than a little tiresome to know that many churches are similar to the gangster mom, who do not call anyone to repent of sin and to live a holy life, but gushes about how wonderful we all are and how we just all need to be a little bit nicer.
I borrowed a 38 from my brother and we are thinking of getting an electronic defense system, but I hate to pay money every month to guard against criminals. It would seem like a hostage situation. I really do pray to do what is right in the sight of God.