The Foolish Things We Do!

Have you ever read any of those “dumb criminal” reports? If you have then you know that they can be pretty amusing. Here is one that I came across a while back from West Memphis, Arkansas.

A man in a wheel chair rolled into the Kreme Kup dairy bar and ordered a Double Jumbo Cheeseburger. When the waitress returned with his order he shoved into her hand a message which read: “Don’t push. No pulling. You won’t get hurt.” Further, he motioned as though he had a gun under his jacket. Of course, this frightened the waitress and she quickly handed over her money which amounted to $120- - whereupon, he turned and hastily wheeled out of the restaurant.

Shortly thereafter the police were notified and a squad car soon arrived. Almost immediately the policemen spotted the suspect rolling down the same street that passed in front of the café. When the man saw the police he jumped from the wheel chair and managed to run away! However, within minutes the police were able to locate the robber who was identified as Edward Bohanon. How did they apprehend him so quickly? The robbery note given to the waitress was written on the back of one of his personalized checks which contained his name, address, and phone number!

“What a dumb criminal”, we might think. But then again, is there any such thing as a “smart criminal”? I mean, if someone were to pull off some scam without being caught does that constitute the criterion for a “perfect crime”? The answer is an obvious “No”. Any wrongdoing is foolish regardless of how cleverly it is done, or whether or not the perpetrator is (initially) caught!

The Bible clearly teaches that the time is coming in which we must all gave an account to an all-seeing and all-knowing God. Hence, we need to keep in mind these words of Paul: “There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account” (Hebrews 4:13). He also informed us that “We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10).

The bottom line is, to involve ourselves in any sin is foolish. But to think that we can “get by” with sin is perhaps the most foolish thing of all. May we all resolve to walk in the wise ways of God (Proverbs 30:5).