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What were your first thoughts when
you heard that Andrew Cunanan, the alleged killer of fashion designer Gianni
Versace and four others, shot himself on a houseboat in Florida? Perhaps,
you like many Americans, breathed a sigh of relief.
Though he was not found guilty of these
crimes, many people's first reaction was "good, at least he won't
kill anyone else." Others thought, "at least we won't have to
spend any tax money to convict him now."
If it wasn't his first thought, it
was Carreira's second or third: "Hey, I can profit from his death."
Fernando Carreira, the Miami caretaker that discovered his body, hired
a lawyer and sued to receive the $45,000.00 reward money offered for his
capture. Carreira collected the money.
No doubt, each of these thoughts have
some legitimacy to them. If Cunanan did the crimes the authorities accused
him of, his death was no tragedy.
Perhaps there is another point of view;
a scriptural one. "For God so loved the world . . ." Did God
love Cunanan too? "The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which
was lost." Did God seek Cunanan too? "Whosoever shall call upon
the name of the Lord . . ." Could God save Cunanan, if he called on
the name of the Lord?
Saul of Tarsus was a serial killer.
One day he traveled on the road to Damascus with murder on his mind. God
stopped him in his tracks and brought him to faith. God transformed him
into an apostle who started Churches and penned Holy Scripture.
You cannot lose something without first
having it. People who are lost are God's misplaced people; they belong
to Him. Can we love them with the love of Christ? Can we guide them back
into relationship with Him?