9.14.2010

Graceology - A Mystery of Mercy

I heard about a serial killer who kidnapped his victims before raping them. Then he killed them and cut their body parts into little pieces, and put them in his freezer. He would occasionally dine on his victims as his hunger would strike.

He attempted to capture and rape a teenage boy, who fled into the streets naked. This drew some unwanted attention, as you can imagine. The police discovered this holocaust of horror in his apartment.

Of course, the serial killer was sentenced to life in prison.

And in prison, he claimed to have "found Jesus". A few months later, he was beaten to death by fellow inmates with the end of a mop. But not before Jeffrey Dahmer "was reconciled" to God.


I don't get it. What kind of a theological system would make room for someone as jacked up as this psychopath? Who kidnaps, rapes, kills, and eats people? And what kind of a God would invite this kind of behaviorist into His heavenly kingdom?

A God of scandalous grace. A God who covers the sins of Mother Theresa and my three daughters. A God who sent His Son to be massacred on a Roman execution stake in the worlds first "Shock and Awe" campaign. A God who saves a seat at the banquet table for Jeffrey Dahmer, and me.

A God who meant it when He inspired the words: "Whoever is willing... Whoever is broken... Whoever is thirsty... Whoever needs 70 x 70 chances...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjW7bezdddE


2 comments:

Hillary said...

I love that...God of 70x70 chances....

Terry said...

dear jerry d..i have been thinking about this post for almost two weeks now and last week in prayer meeting, i could not help but think of it.
your saying that the lord saved a seat for you at the same banqueting table that jeffery dahmer was sitting, really touched my heart as i thought of the complaints that the religious men made when they saw jesus sitting with sinners they said, "And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, "this man receiveh sinners, and eateth with them."
just like he told zachaeus after he had saved him that he was coming to his house!
and just like king david sent for lame mephibosheth and his family to dine at his own table.
here is the lord we have!..
"Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests."

oh how i enjoyed looking up these scriptures and how i respected the way that you are, that you think yourself not better than what the world would call the worst of sinners.
you know i just read a real good tract about the son of sam who was also saved in the prison and he has made it his work now to spread the gospel there..i must look it up on the internet when i have a little time.
god bless you jerry d...i try to come here when i can.....from terry