Two recent examples in the news.  The first is what happened recently in Chicago in a video of teens in Chicago kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student after being hit on the head with a railroad tie.

Cell phone footage showing a group of teens viciously kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student with splintered railroad ties has ramped up pressure on Chicago officials to address chronic violence that has led to dozens of deaths of city teens each year.

The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showing the fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death was the latest addition to a rising toll: More than 30 students were killed last school year, and the city could exceed that number this year.

Video below (it’s graphic, so don’t watch it with kids in the room).


My first reaction is that it doesn’t matter whether he is an honors student.  Then how kids in the area, even those who went to help him don’t seem to be at all shocked or repulsed by what happened.

The second item is the reaction surrounding Roman Polanski’s arrest for child rape.  Something he pled guilty for and then ran before he could be sentenced.  Let me recap what this man did some thirty years ago.  He took a 13-year-old (my oldest daughter is 13), drugged her, and then sodomized her.

But yet people want to defend him.  Whoopi Goldberg says it wasn’t “rape-rape”.  Then some of his friends come on the CBS early show to defend him.  And then you have a “free Roman Polanski” petition being signed by morally challenged in Hollywood.

If you are wondering how something like this can happen?  It’s because by nature we are completely depraved.

  1. I have nothing to say about the first item … it’s just about self-evident that this is just seriously wrong and that addressing it is long overdue.

    As for Polanski … he’s one of the “beautiful people” of the celebrity world. He’s not supposed to be held to the same standards as the rest of us. Those people are supposed to be able to go in and out of rehab and get sympathy, rather than go to jail for actual time.

    My oldest son just turned 13, so I’m right there with you when it comes to relating to this horror.
    .-= Wickle´s last blog ..Untouchable? =-.

      1. @Casey, No, that would be different. Common grace doesn’t save. Wayne Grudem gives a good definition – “the undeserved blessings that God gives to all people, both believers and unbelievers.”

        What you call prevenient grace – that would be grace that precedes salvation. I would call that efficacious or irresistible grace. I suppose an Arminian would link the two, but for me they are definitely different.

    1. @Bob Waters, I agree with you that total depravity is, and I don’t doubt it which is the point of my post.

      But common grace certainly is as well – it may not be referred to as “common grace,” but it certainly is seen in the Bible.

      And I am not saying that it saves, neither is Casey. Any good that unbelievers do is a result of His common grace. But that isn’t saving grace.

      Common grace simply is the undeserved blessings that God gives to all people, both believers and unbelievers.

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