There is no doubt that humanity suffers from sinful depravity. It’s seen in the news headlines and it’s experienced in the home lives. Law enforcement is a front row seat to some of the worst expressions of that sinful depravity. Fathers abdicate their duties towards their children. Husbands abuse their wives. Drunks take the lives of innocents. Drug addicts rip their bodies apart with poison they can’t live without.
Knowing it and experiencing it are two different things though. I know there are far worse acts of sinful depravity occurring in Sudan, but I can’t empathize with the victims of those horrible acts because I’m not there. I suppose that is why the gospel is such good news. Jesus Christ took on flesh and experienced our pain and suffering and can empathize with us. There are times when I bump up against the worst of society and their sinful acts and mentally shake my head.
One such experience started out as a simple call. I was dispatched to a two vehicle, head on crash with no injuries. But as what happens so often, initial information is not correct, and what was early on going to be a simple call developed into something quite different. Our dispatcher said that the caller was saying that the driver may be intoxicated.
When I got on scene I found much more to the picture. One vehicle was completely disabled, with a wheel sheered off, and an older man in still in the driver’s seat. Another vehicle was 50 yards down the road, in a ditch, with one of its wheels sheered off as well. Two people had stopped to help and were the ones that called 911 and when I asked where the other driver was they said he had ran off into the woods.
The older man was perched in his seat with a blood elbow and was slightly dazed. His back and side windows were shattered and I asked him how that had happened because it was clear that it hadn’t been from the crash. He said that after his vehicle and the other vehicle collided a younger man got out of his car and came up to his vehicle.
Enraged, the young man began punching this old geezer in the face after smashing out two windows with a billy club. Not only had this young man got drunk and chosen to drive but when he got into the crash, he was so angry about getting another DWI that he destroyed two windows and assaulted a man in his 80’s (who wasn’t completely innocent and had his share of problems as well).
We setup a perimeter, called in the K9, and quickly tracked him to the backyard of a nearby house where he was laying down behind a garden. His second DWI was now underway.
This job is a front row seat to a jacked up, broken down, sideways spinning world where I wouldn’t have categories to deal with people if it weren’t for God’s Word. As creation groans underneath the weight of sin, so does my soul.