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Manhunt for Lost Souls

Tue, July 30, 2019   |   Author: Rod Taylor   |   Volume 26    Issue 30 | Share: Facebook | Twitter   

As I write this, police, armed forces, dogs, aircraft, ground vehicles and tech tools are all at work seeking to find two suspected murderers rumoured to be hiding out in northern Manitoba.

National news coverage has been constant since the bodies of three people were discovered last week along the remote roads of northern BC in what appear to be two separate incidents of brutal murder and vehicle theft. We all hope that the police are successful in finding the suspects and bringing them to justice. People in these northern communities will feel somewhat safer when these two are behind bars . . . but for how long? When will the next senseless killing shock the nation?

Coinciding with this news story was that of another man apprehended at another scene of grisly carnage in Toronto where four family members were murdered. Details of that crime are still forthcoming. On Sunday, yet another mass killing took place at the Annual Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California. Three innocent attendees were killed and fifteen others wounded. A small army of police officers quickly descended on Gilroy; one suspect was subsequently shot dead by police and a manhunt is on for a possible second person.

What’s going on? These types of deliberate multiple killings, especially involving random targets are not something we expect, even today. They certainly were not common in the 50s and 60s but passing decades have left in their wake a tragic list of school shootings and mass killings, sometimes with a political theme but often with no clear motive. The growing number of murders and the cold, senseless brutality we’ve seen in recent years should be telling us something.

No, it’s not the lack of firearms regulations. It tells us something about the kind of society we have become. Human life is precious and has intrinsic value. The taking of an innocent life is a violation of God’s law, not only man’s law. Since the first murder—the murder of Abel by his brother Cain—mankind has understood the hideousness of prematurely ending the life of a human being, who is “made in the image of God”.

For decades now, Canada and the US have both been sliding into patterns of thought and behaviour that first tolerated, then justified, then promoted the taking of innocent human lives through abortion. In 2016, Canada took the next logical step and legalized assisted suicide. If it’s okay to kill a child before birth, why not end human lives that have become fraught with difficulties? If it’s okay to kill for convenience before birth, why not kill for convenience when a person needs hospital care, medications and medical treatments?

That line of thinking has also led some to propose outright infanticide after birth. They say the mother should have a choice after the child is born whether she wants to keep it or kill it. Proponents of euthanasia and assisted suicide also claim to be acting in the best interests of the patient but it seems more like a very convenient cost-saving measure for the medical system: one less bed to make, one less mouth to feed, one less person requiring meaningful human interaction.

We should not be surprised when our utilitarian, self-serving philosophy gives a mixed message to young people. These two young men being sought for the horrendous acts of violence against innocent strangers are, in fact, the product of a self-serving society. They are survivors of a culture that kills over one quarter of its pre-born babies in the womb . . . for the sake of convenience. They have been taught in school that there is no God, that we are here by the random combination of chemicals and have no eternal purpose. They’ve been told that moral values are simply an individual choice, that there is no such thing as absolute right or wrong. They have seen the “grown-ups” around them justify the taking of innocent life. They have no doubt watched the horror movies that we allow in our theatres as entertainment. And they have now—for their own convenience and sadistic pleasure—acted out the horribly selfish act of killing people and taking their property.

One of the agonizing realities of our current chaotic social crisis is that so much damage has already been done. So many young lives have already been broken, besides those lost to abortion. So many minds have been channeled into unproductive ways of looking at life. The self-serving culture has affected the thinking of millions of young people who are unmindful of others, unmindful of eternal values, unmindful of biblical standards and unaware of their own unique value and purpose. The fear of (awe-filled respect for) the Lord and His standards is the beginning of wisdom. With no fixed point of reference outside themselves, people will selfishly do only what pleases them and the results—as we have seen—are not pretty.

How can we begin to bring a shared morality back to our culture? How can we begin to undo the decades of damaging philosophy that has misdirected the energy of so many young people and has cost them so much in lost opportunities, wasted years and broken relationships?

We must begin by returning to the biblical values that are the foundation of sound thinking and justice. We must restore to our schools the recognition of right and wrong and that recognition must be based on the reality that God the Creator exists, that He cares about how we live and that He has given directions for how we are to treat one another. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” would be a good place to start. “Don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill” would be a good follow up.

Our hearts ache for the families and friends of the victims of these vicious killings. For their sake and the sake of the next generation, let’s do all we can to restore justice and respect for human life in Canada.

You can help us by joining us or contributing to our cause at our web site. We are still looking for candidates for the 2019 election. If you, or someone you know, would be willing to carry the CHP banner for Life! Family! and Freedom! as a candidate, please contact us through our website.

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