…in the last days… people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit…
(2nd Timothy 1b-4a)
Footage of the 12- and 13-year-olds taunting Karen Klein has been viewed some 8 million times… Mrs Klein, 68… break[s] down in tears as she is subjected to a litany of insults. The barbs include profanities, physical ridicule, taunts and her being told to shut up. Some ask what her address is, telling her they want to steal from her and perform sexual acts. One boy tells her she does not have a family as “they all killed themselves because they didn’t want to be near you”. Mrs Klein’s son killed himself 10 years ago.
I had seen of this story (hard to avoid!) but had not made the explicit Biblical connection until just now. (I simply can’t watch the video… one wonders what went through the minds of some of the eight million people who did so for kicks, like the kids — or the voyeuristic and emotionally removed (not-my-problem), as with Kitty Genovese.)
It’s easy to remember plenty of stupid stuff I did or at least witnessed at that age, but this seems a big step beyond — literally unconscionable, in the sense of being ‘without conscience’ and therefore without the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps the Lord will turn these kids around, to His glory, as he did with a vitriol-spewing Paul.
The scene reminds me a bit of Genesis 19… and Lord of the Flies.
We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (1st John 5:19)