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Providence, Part 3 – Crime

October 4, 2020

US Army CID agents at crime scene (PD as work product of federal govt.)

We continue our examination of God’s providence by turning to the subject of crime.

The victims of crime and their loved ones cry out to God for justice.  But, far too often, justice in this flawed world of ours is imperfect or delayed.

Depending on the crime, necessary proof may be difficult to come by.

A victim may not be able to identify his/her attacker or may not survive at all.  Witnesses may be intimidated or reluctant to come forward for other reasons.  Critical evidence may be lost or destroyed.  Perpetrators may relocate, or assume a new identity.  At times, the system, itself, is corrupt.

Yet, against all odds, impossibly “cold” cases are solved everyday.

Much of the credit for this goes to the dedicated police detectives who devote years to a given case; dive teams who risk their own safety to recover bullets or discarded clothing meant to remain hidden; forensic and other specialists who devise novel ways of uncovering the truth.

One could easily argue that these are current day “Esthers”, used by God.

Then there are the witnesses who come forward years after a crime has been committed.  These include the now jaded ex-paramours of violent criminals, and former co-conspirators who turn state’s evidence.  It was Mafia enforcer, Sammy Gravano, whose testimony finally convicted crime boss, John Gotti a/k/a “The Teflon Don”.

The wicked in his pride persecutes the poor;
Let them be caught in the plots which they have devised“(Ps. 10: 2).

God can use the godly and ungodly.  God may ordain to use their wickedness, but this does not make it morally right.  And they will not escape His judgment.

This series will conclude next week with Part 4 – Poverty


  1. Reblogged this on idahodimple and commented:
    Especially pertinant today.

  2. “God can use the godly and ungodly…”

    Not only can he use the ungodly, but he does. He is sovereign and omnipotent. Nothing escapes his notice. Nothing happens outside his will and plan. Nothing.

    The hard part is combining the evil which we see with the knowledge that God is loving, good, and merciful, and realizing that whatever happens, it is ultimately for the good of all involved. The hard part which follows that realization is praising him, regardless of what we see.

  3. Francisco Bravo Cabrera permalink

    Thank you for a great post, blessed and filled with truth. Without God there is nothing and with God there is everything. Crime is a symptom of injustice, that is true but it is also the realm of those who will not conform to societies norms and laws. Those who do not respect private property, that do not respect people, that think they’ve the right to take what is not theirs and that legitimise this wrong and evil idea by saying (or believing) that they deserve it because those who have are living with ill gotten gains. Nothing could be further from the truth. I enjoyed capturing criminals during my life as a law enforcement officer. I never felt better than when I would participate, assist or in any way have something to do with getting an offender off the streets. Criminals have no excuse for their actions. I really appreciate your post and your opinion on those detectives and the support staff that really work hard to find justice, justice for those who deserve it, the victims.
    All the best Anna,

    • My great pleasure, Francisco. Much as I support social workers (and oppose the misuse of force), I am appalled at the thought that we would consider defunding police in the US. Dedicated police officers daily risk their lives on our behalf. They stand as a bulwark against the forces of chaos. Many experience PTSD as a result of the horrors to which they are exposed. This is, I believe, sacrificial living in the biblical sense. We should be forever grateful.

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera permalink

        Thank you Anna, I support those words and those thoughts fully! To defund or to “re-imagine” as Ms. Harris says would be the greatest disservice to the people of the US. The police is fine, it’s society that needs straightening out and children as well who need to be taught respect. Society needs to clean itself of the filth and vulgarity it has become embroiled in. All the best, Anna,
        Greetings from Spain,

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