Chased to Their Graves

You’ve probably heard about the Steubenville, Ohio, rape case.  A couple of high school boys, age 17 and 16, were accused of raping a 16-year-old girl who was extremely intoxicated.  A big deal was made out of the fact that the boys were football players, though I have no idea why.  Naturally, they claimed she gave consent to the sex acts.  In the end, it was decided that she was too drunk to have consented.  The boys were declared guilty, will serve time, and will be registered sex offenders.

CNN caught some flack by seeming to sympathize with the boys and their families, while giving less attention to the victim.   A case like this is so emotionally charged that almost anything you say (or don’t say) will be latched onto by one side or the other.  (Which begs the question: Am I going to regret writing about this?)

In addition to the crime and the resulting trauma inflicted on everyone involved, here’s what I hate: these young people will be chased to their graves by their bad choices.

The girl is a rape victim, but one who surely would do things differently if given the opportunity to relive that awful night.  The boys are rapists and registered sex offenders from now on.  At a time when grade point averages and proms and Friday night football games should be their primary concerns, these young people are facing a lifetime of nightmarish memories and agonizing regrets.

Think with me…

If these young people live to be 75, they will live 27,375 days.  Only one of those days, poorly managed, will now bring them a lifetime of regret.  In fact, it wasn’t even one day, but only a few hours.

Oh, the power of a single choice…the potential (for good or bad) of a single moment!

Solomon said it this way: “As dead flies cause even a bottle of perfume to stink, so a little foolishness spoils great wisdom and honor.” (Ecclesiastes 10:1)

Notice he says, …a little foolishness spoils.  Ruin doesn’t require a lifetime of foolishness; only a day, an hour, or even a minute.

I pray for these young people, that their futures will be an improvement over their pasts.  And I pray for us, that we will always remember what can be done–or undone–with a single choice.




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7 Responses to Chased to Their Graves

  1. Joanna Bernardi says:

    Well said! We all should pray for all the young people and the potential choices they would, could or should make.

  2. CHUCK BOMAN says:

    Mark, it was only a few hours but it was only in a few hours that the entire world was changed. It was from within the darkness of a tomb that the resurrection of Jesus came. In those moments all of human life was changed forever. May their lives also be changed when they see Jesus’ moments for them.

  3. Angie Marshall says:

    Very thought provoking. This not only applies to the young people involved but is a modern day parable to all ages that we might take a moment to consider how the consequences of impulsive behaviour may affect our entire life. Thank you Mark for this lesson that has had an impact on me and will hopefully help me to gently counsel a friend later this week.

  4. Gary bordelon says:

    Thanks for sharing an important reminders regarding prayer. Have a great day in the Lord!

  5. Charlie says:

    Mark. Again very timely and thought provoking.

  6. Joan Page says:

    Very well said, prayer is very powerful and we should pray that these young guys and girl will make better choices in the future. We ALL need to be on guard, we need to be forgiving and not be so judgmental, because we all sometimes make bad choices. But thank God, we are forgiven through Jesus Christ!

  7. Marg says:

    Yes Mark all three deserve our prayers for comfort. hopefully others out there know of this tragedy and will learn from it or help others to learn from. We have all had moments in our lives that we wish someone was there for us. I am thankful for knowing Jesus is with me. Thank you for the reminder Mark

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