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A View from the Altar / I was crazy when I did it
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I was crazy when I did it

The trial of kidnapper/rapist Brian David Mitchell illustrates one of the things that goes badly wrong in a society that loses sight of God.  When God goes, the bright-line distinction is lost between good and evil.  Morality morphs into statistics.  People start to think in terms normal versus abnormal, sick versus healthy, and so on.  So many percent of people do this, so it’s normal, but behavior X is Y standard deviations away from the norm, hence it’s not.

So the Secular Man examines a guy like Mitchell and says, “Eew.  Not normal.”  If the defense lawyers get their way, they will persuade the jury that Mitchell must go unpunished because he is not normal.

Well, sure the guy is abnormal.  But that should never have been the question.  The question concerns his act — was that good or evil?  If evil, then exacting vengeance upon him is the proper duty of the law.

We’re confronted, then, with something the Secular Man is unprepared to face, a man who did evil and whose evil is so shocking and wicked that the heart of man is shocked into moral wakefulness, even if only for a moment.  The deed was wrong, not just abnormal or unhealthy or a regrettable breach of social contract.  For a man to invade a home in the dark of night, steal a girl and rape her daily for month after month… this calls for more than a nod of the philosophical head that such things tend to frazzle society’s evolutionary bonds.  This was wrong.  It was a great sin.

And it calls for a great King to defeat it.

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