May 9, 2013 by mattwilcoxen
Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
The news came out yesterday that the frontman for metal band As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis, allegedly tried to hire out the murder of his wife. Even with their wide commercial success, Tim and the rest of AILD have been outspoken about their faith in Christ.
I am certain that there are many Christians out there, particularly young people, who feel embarrassed and betrayed by this news. I am sure there are people who will conclude that Lambesis had the wool pulled over all our eyes–what a phony.
But if there’s anything other than sheer grief here, it should be an occasion for self-reflection, a reminder to all of us that, left untended, our hearts are fecund soil for hatred.
On a less sad note, Dallas Willard died today. He was 77.
Willard recognized the sorry state of our hearts, but he also declared the good news that “one of the amazing things about the human being is that it is capable of restoration, and indeed a restoration that makes it somehow more magnificent because it has been ruined.” This occurs through the daily reception of God’s love, mostly by means of simple prayer.
We can only hope that Tim Lambesis will hear this good news ringing in the darkness of his jail cell. And that we will hear it in the darkest recesses of our hearts.