April 9, 2021

Derek Chauvin Deserves to Die

Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer on trial for the murder of George Floyd deserves to die. The trial isn't over- I'm willing to wait it through- but the evidence is stacking up against this cop.

As with many people whose crimes are heinous, Derek may even contemplate suicide. It's a way out many take, but punishment awaits for these criminals, including those cowardly attackers who steal innocent lives in Rock Hills, Orange, Boulder, New York, Las Vegas, and way too many other places.  

There's just something even more evil when crimes are committed due to sheer prejudice or the desire to show power. Not all police act in this manner, though. I'm not ready to disband them, but it is time for a deep review of the system that doesn't weed out the wrong types of people.

Make no mistake though, what Mr. Chauvin did to George Floyd is inexcusable. It's totally evil, but it's also human. Our dire human state is one of intense selfishness and brokenness. The Bible calls it sin- and we are all corrupted by it and the choices we have made. In fact, it doesn't take more than a couple of bad choices to really get you someplace you never intended to go.

God's laws designed because of His love to protect us and protect each other. When you break them, nothing good comes from it, and pain is the result. I'd have to learn the hard way, and so do you. We all do. 

Ever spoken against doing and saying these things but chose to follow through anyway?  If so, welcome to the club called humanity, a club for broken and lost people. A club for hypocrites trying to find their way. And a club for everyone who tries get their needs met in ways that hurt others. We're all in it. 

Let's be honest- just because you know the truth doesn't mean you always choose to live it. I know I don't always choose to do what's right. And I would bet you don't either. Sometimes we are swept away by desire or power and do the wrong things. Some of us even make it a regular pattern in our life and try to justify it away. 

Truth is, in God's eyes we are all sinners and deserve death. But by God's goodness and His great Love for us, He chose to send Jesus to earth to die for the sins of all men- so that those who would choose to believe in Him, that he died and rose again, would not be destined to life in Hell forever, but would instead live with Him in Heaven for all eternity. We've got to choose to walk His way and turn around from our evil choices. Is it tough? Damn right it is! But there's no other way. God knew we couldn't pay the price on our own by being perfect, so He sent his Son because of his love- making it clear He is the only way to eternal life in Heaven. 

So, yes, Derek Chauvin deserves to die. So do you, and so do I.  Thank God, Jesus paid the price for our sins. Through Him, we can all have a fresh start- but like all of us, we still have to live with the natural consequences of our choices. What will Derek do now that his sin is exposed and his life is falling apart? You get to make the decision or not to follow Christ and walk life out following him, in spite of your sin, your life, your mistakes. I made mine. Hope and peace and a future was the result of my choice. What is your choice and what will be the result of it?

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