He has been called "Canada's Bright Shining Lie," "Sexual Sadist," "Sicko," "Psychopath," and "Monster," an aberration from all that is normal. The presiding judge declared that "The depths of the depravity demonstrated by Russell Williams have no equal." All who have followed his story have asked, Why? How could a man in his exalted position be so evil?
As much as we all want to distance ourselves from Williams and what he did, we're not that different. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 1 lists the following:
- inventing ways of evil
- disobedient to parents
We share another likeness to Russell Williams. Justice Robert F. Scott in his sentencing statement said,
"One suspects that he has contained for most of his adult life sexual desires and fetishes. However, in 2007, these inner thoughts began to control his private actions, pushing him deeper and deeper into criminal behaviour, which culminated in the brutal and senseless murders of two innocents."His crimes came from a thought life out of control. There is a common understanding that what happens in our minds is harmless. But is it? It wasn't for Russell Williams.
Sin is progressive. Once we cross the line from doing what honours God to doing even the smallest thing that does not, we set ourselves up to spiral down. What used to titillate loses its thrill and so we "have to" up the ante. We start with something that seems innocent enough but after a while, it isn't enough so we look for what is more." If a person has no need to operate under the will of God, there is little to stop him or her.
Every thought we entertain (think of setting a table and inviting certain thoughts to sit there with us), every thought we don't dismiss leads us to God or toward being another Russell Williams. There is no middle ground.
What's happening in your thoughts?