Maybe you know this but jealousy is the most deadly cause of murder. Most are aware of the Jennifer Hudson Family Murders in 2008 on the South side of Chicago by a former brother-in-law. All because of jealousy! The judge in the case doing the sentencing told the perpetrator “You have the heart of an arctic night.” “Your soul is as barren as dark space.”
Everyone who’s read the Bible knows about Cain and Abel. The first murder on the planet was due to jealousy and Cain’s demand on God to honor his offering instead of Abel’s.
If you want more on the subject of jealousy and murder, all we have to do is Google it and we’ll get our fill. There’s no need for me to pour out more examples into this blog other than to say, Jesus was killed because of the jealousy of Pharisees. But I have a question. How much does jealousy and murder play into Christian cultures?
I was reading from James 4:1-6 and saw how according to that day and age, it was quite a bit. I mean something is going on for this very subject to be mentioned in Scripture.
James told those believers, “You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can’t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them.” Later in chapter four, James talks about wrong motives being behind those quarrels or killings – “…you want only what will give you pleasure.” We saw this happen in 2008 when a Waco, Texas preacher killed his wife while in an affair with another women. What he wanted was his own pleasure satisfied and he was willing to murder his wife for it. Horrible and sad.
I’m not trying to bash Christian culture, preachers or Christians. I am a Christ follower too. What I want to do is alert Christian culture not only to the act of murder but to attitudes of murder and particularly the murder of relationships. That it can happen in Christian culture and all of it spawned by a jealousy coming out of Possessive Thinking. “The only purpose possessive thinking serves is to acquire illegitimate, god-like power and control over others.” (Twisted Thinking Transformed pg 211)
In my next Minding The Gap, I want to talk about how jealousy is avoided and straightening out the twisted thinking which directs that jealousy to destroy people everywhere – even in Christian culture.