Three High School age boys were “bored and had nothing to do.” So they decided to drive down a road in Oklahoma, find an unassuming victim and kill them. You can read more about this story here.
There are so many questions that are raised in my mind when I read this story.
- What were these kids thinking?
- What were their parents like?
- How can you be that bored that murdering someone was rational option.
- How far gone is your moral conscience, regardless of belief in God, does it take to rationalize murder as something to do when you are bored.
- Did any of those kids think that it may be a bad idea.
However, none of these questions will bring back that young man from the dead.
The questions that are even more present are:
- Is going for a run going to be something where we have to look over our shoulder? What about mowing your lawn or even bringing the groceries in?
- How does a kid get to be so bored that they decide to murder someone for entertainment?
As I ask these questions out loud I realize that they have already been answered.
Life is short. Tomorrow is never promised. Even for Christians. I could die in a nursing home or I could die outside my house tonight. No matter what security I have, may be it the Glock stowed away in the drawer beside my bed or the super high-tech alarm system I pay a ton for monthly, I can’t control depraved and sinful people.
What really bugs me about this story, like it probably does you, is that their actions were produced out of boredom. The narcissism and selfishness that reeks from this story is blowing me away. However, if we are honest, there has been times out of boredom that we have done something mean or selfish mainly for our own entertainment.
- When we are bored we say mean things anonymously on the internet.
- When we are bored we look at others people’s social network to catch up on possible gossip.
- When we are bored we instigate arguments or conflicts just to have something to do.
- When we are bored we eat bad amounts of bad food.
- When we are bored we stare at our phones and ignore the very people around us.
- When we are bored we run to our idols to give us a temporary satisfaction.
- When we are bored we listen to the lusts of our heart and turn to pornography, drugs and alcohol.
- When we are bored in our marriage we run to other women or men who may bring some excitement to our lives.
- When we are bored with God we quit reading our Bibles, quit going to church, and substitute God with something more inferior.
Now you may be saying, “Frank, how can you compare some of the things you mentioned to the gross murder of the young man in Oklahoma.” I can compare because the same heart that does those things out of boredom can do much more when they quit caring about consequences or how their actions affect others. In Bible college when discussing senseless tragedies I learned the phrase, “depravity is as depravity does.” We shouldn’t be surprised when sinful people do sinful things. All the more reason why we as Christians should bring gospel to sinners. The gospel changes the nature of a depraved person from “totally depraved & following the prince of the power of the air” to “adopted child of God.”
The death of this young man is terrible and I grieve for his family and friends. I want to be shocked by this story. But I can’t because this is what happens when fallen people live in a fallen world. This is why Jesus came. To save sinners like you and me from our own depravity and to restore this world to its proper order. I look forward to that day.