Pastor McStabbyBlog — By BWC on February 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm
Just ran across this article on CNN.com.
A few things here:
First, I applaud the guy for confessing. While a confession should’ve come a long time ago, it seems clear this man has turned his life around. Is there a statute of limitations on murder in Houston?
Second, what are the congregants at Elim Church forgiving this guy for? Lying to them or the murder? It’s not like they were the convenience store clerk or his family.
Third, this line:
“He’s a hero, really,” said Kelley Graham, 24. “I don’t know how many people would do what he did. The Bible says you just need to confess to God. Calvin took an extra step.”
‘Hero’ is a little strong. Confessing to murder is not something to be considered heroic, regardless of when it happened or what the guy is doing now. It’s a moral obligation. It’s almost more heroic this guy went so long with this horribly gnawing guilt inside him. The guy in Poe’s “Tell Tale Heart” didn’t have that constitution.
Finally, the Bible asks us to do more than just confess to God when we’ve wronged someone…after all, He already knows what happened.
I don’t want to be down on this guy…I’m not sure I’d confess, either. But let’s slow down the pats on the back, Christians. Especially when the man killed was named Iqbal Ahmed.