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Cross Bow

When homicide feels justified
This sermon is part of the sermon series "Cross Roads". See series.


I recently turned on the news and found myself confronted with another one of those stories that have become so common; my great fear is that we will actually get used to these stories. I am not going to go into detail; I'll simply say that when investigators found the remains of six-year-old Christopher Barrios in a garbage bag in a Georgia field, his uncle Carlos, speaking on behalf of the devastated family, told the truth: "[Christopher] wasn't trash, he was a good kid."

How four adults take a child who still loves Barney and bedtime stories and do what they did is stark evidence of the evil and sinful depravity that has become unfashionable to name in such theological terms. It is a brutal reminder of how much our world still needs a Savior. When they showed the faces of the three men and the woman alleged to have committed the atrocities, my mind flashed back to a scene from the 1972 movie Deliverance. In the film a group of Atlanta suburbanites camping in the Appalachian mountains are brutally attacked by a pair of filthy hillbillies—people remarkably reminiscent of those arrested for Christopher's death.

I do not recommend the film Deliverance for family viewing, but I do want to recall one relevant scene. The hillbillies have captured and tied up two of the campers. They have physically defiled one of them and are starting to defile another when the character played by Burt Reynolds comes onto the scene. Reynolds is carrying a massive compound hunting bow. In righteous rage, Reynolds nocks a thick hunting arrow onto the string, draws it back with a sinewy forearm, and lets it fly. The arrow rips through the air at searing speed and skewers the filthy attacker like the bug he is, killing him.

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Dan Meyer is pastor of Christ Church.us, a nondenominational, multisite church with locations in Oak Brook and Lombard, Illinois.

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Sermon Outline:


I. Trashing God's Son

II. Asking for the arrow

III. His body the bow, the arrow his heart