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Who's Crazy Now?

“What about the modern day looney toon who states that God told him to kill xyz (fill in the blank)? Maybe God did command him or maybe he really believes that God commanded him.”

We have cases in today's world that we can point to, of people who actually did what you said, who killed someone because they believe God told them to do so.

First of all, let's review Biblical history:

God told Abram to sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of whether Abram would actually trust God to the fullest. (Abram's name was later changed to Abraham.)

Then God said,

Genesis 22:2

“Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.”

Of course we know God stopped him in time, but the command was out there and he thought it was legitimate.

What if today some parents believe they are told by God to kill their children? That has happened both in the United States recently and also throughout the world. Not only do some "Looney Toons" in our own culture do that but also Islam has a history of "honor killings," in which the Muslim family executes one of their own children because she "disgraced" the family.

In the Bible, Israel was told to march in as an army and kill all the inhabitants of Canaan.

Deuteronomy 7:2

when the LORD your God delivers them before you; you shall smite them, and utterly destroy them;

Today, I don't know if armies march at the command of God, but I do think I know of two wars in our history, perhaps three, in which God was involved. The first is the Civil War in which slavery was abolished. The United States people didn't march to war for that reason, but I think slavery was God's reason and I think he instigated the war. The second war is World War II, during which fascist German was defeated. The third war was the American Revolution. I think I see God's hand in these wars, although it's not recorded that he told us to go to war. We think we did it on our own reasoning.

So, what about the Looney Toons? On one hand we know that legitimately crazy people, the "Looney Toons" do kill others, thinking that "voices" or "God" told them to do that. On the other hand, we know that some people are so confused and twisted in their religion that they do kill in God's name, such as the Christians who kill abortion doctors. What shall we do about them?

We as a civilized, Christian nation are also under God's command to provide justice, safety and a desirable place for citizens to live. We are just as commanded by God to remove murderers from among us as they think they are obligated to kill. We also have the obligation to resist foreign, invading armies.

If God really did tell someone to kill another person, we are just as much under God's command to arrest that person and provide justice for the victim or the victim's family. If God intervenes and saves that person, that is between him and God. If God does not intervene, it is still between him and God. What is between us, the other citizens of this nation, and God is to provide safety and justice for our citizens.