By now, I am sure that you heard that Charles Manson died.
Last night, I watched a documentary on his life. I have seen many of these shows and they are all basically the same, except this one. This one took an in-depth look at his childhood. It didn’t spend a whole lot of time talking about the infamous murders that are known as the Tate/LaBianca murders that took place in August of 1969.
What a horrific life this man had as a child. It no way forgives or excuses his actions that he did throughout his life. I know there have been many children who have had it just as bad and they did not grow up to be responsible for mass murder. But it makes me wonder what he would have done with his life had it been different for him as a child.
Over the last few days, I’ve read many jeering and cruel comments on media sites celebrating his death and wishing him well in hell. But I must be honest. I do not celebrate his death.
I get it. Charles Manson should have paid a heavier price for his actions. He lived a long life, while those he affected did not get that chance. I do not believe that “justice” was done to him on this earth for his crimes.
But I do not celebrate his death. I grieve for all of the lives that this man negatively influenced. How many lives were destroyed, hurt and forever changed by this one man?
Sin destroys so much, it’s sad when it destroys our humanity as well.
As a believer, I am sad to know of anyone’s death without Christ.
I know, from reading scripture, that God grieves as well.
‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Ezekiel 33:11
There is a God who rules the heavens and eternity. There is a judgment coming. There is a heaven and hell. I don’t claim to understand the justice of all of it, but I do know God is good and I trust Him to be more than “fair” to each of us.
For a few years on earth, Manson destroyed, ridiculed and killed.
Now he faces eternity.
Charles Manson now faces God’s judgment and will live an eternity having to face true justice.
No different from Charles Manson, one day… we will face God and have to answer for what we did with Jesus Christ. Did we accept Him or reject Him?
Eternity awaits all of us.