My husband’s department just caught this man recently. A fairly notorious criminal. There are many out there just like him waiting to be caught. It’s eye-opening to me when I see the photos and look into their eyes. Which I have done… more than a few times.
I’ll never forget the first time I saw my husband on the news, doing the “Perp Walk” as they call it, bringing in a man who just shot a bullet into another man’s head over road rage (they were actually both at fault – the man inciting the rage kept fighting with him… apparently, that’s normal in road rages cases).
When he arrived at the scene there were brains all over the inside of the car, and a giant gaping hole in side of the man’s head. He can see this kind of stuff and eat a sandwich at the same time – doesn’t even phase him anymore.
But looking into the eyes of the murderer my husband brought in (and seeing my husband there as well, looking like a darn hero – because he is!), really put into perspective the difference between good and evil, and how shallow Christians are when they try to say everyone is the same in their hearts just because everyone sins.
It is true though that just ONE sin will send someone to hell. But not every person will shoot a bullet into the head of their enemy, let alone a stranger who cut them off in traffic. Not everyone harms children and goes about with no guilt… for decades, like pedophiles typically do.
Not everyone is a reprobate, and we should never judge all people by lumping them in with the truly evil and diabolic. Everyone is capable of such evil to be sure! But not everyone decides to act on their most evil fantasies and basest thoughts. Everyone is a sinner, but there are different levels of sin and evil that is within someone’s heart.
Something I’m grateful for when watching from the sidelines what my husband deals with on the regular, is that it’s taught me things like this. It’s taught me to be more appreciative of the normal sinners, even though they clearly still need God, they are not the same, and should never be judged the same by us, as evil doers. His work and the stories he can tell, have even made me be able to judge character better from afar, which is a safety measure against potential harm and evil doers.
This video above is excellent in explaining the principle God has of reaping and sowing.
The man in the video plainly states that if someone continues sowing sin, they will eventually reap a much harder life for themselves, full of all kinds of problems. The point is not whether or not they can be saved from their sin, and it’s not even asking whether “big” sinners receive the same punishment as “little” sinners. No, the point is that some sins have greater eternal consequences and judgments! If you’re a Christian, this is a super important topic to understand fully, lest you get it wrong and lead many other people astray by adding words to the Bible! The Bible warns that “not very many of you should be teachers,” because teachers (male or female) will be rightfully judged harsher when they get it wrong or lead others astray, because they have a huge responsibility to first, get it right, and second, to be humble enough to admit when someone has pointed out that they were wrong.
Personally, I’ve found that the Christians who do make these mistakes, are typically not able to admit their wrongdoing, but instead keep plunging ahead into more sin themselves by continuing to lead others astray. It’s a problem of humility, when we’re not open to corrective discipline or criticism. Even if an enemy is criticizing you, you always have to check if there is truth in it.
In the video, the man also talks about how Jesus reveals there are different levels of sin (or degrees of evil). Not only do different kinds of sin have different kinds of real world consequences, they also are viewed differently by God in that they seem to have different eternal consequences.
Either way, the point or “takeaway” should not be that evil people can’t be saved – the murderer that my husband brought in may someday repent – and that would be wonderful! God tells us in Ezekiel that He craves people like that to finally someday repent, and that He allows them into Heaven, even if they repent right before their death!
We can’t have a superior attitude that denies even the worst of sinners God’s acceptance if they repent – but we should have a good attitude toward them and accept them back in.
So the takeaway should be a warning that yes, there are different levels of sin, and all sin separates us from God. Jesus speaks on the different levels of sin a few times, warning people who repeatedly sow evil, or do truly treacherous deeds, that their punishment is harsher, both here on earth, and also in eternity.
Our God is a just and wonderful God, who sees everything and judges accordingly. For that, I am so so grateful!