Crime: God Looks At The Heart

Crime is the bane of any civilized society. Every year, governments at all levels across the nation, spend billions in their attempts to prevent crime and punish criminals. But, crime will never be completely prevented by their efforts because government entities only address the outward behavior of criminals; to which Jesus tells is that this is not the source of the crime:

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness……All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man” (Mark 7:21-23)

Crime must be dealt with from the inside, therefore, the only sure way to prevent crime is to address the heart – a truth that was clearly understood by the Founding Fathers. Thomas Jefferson wrote:

“The precepts of philosophy and of the Hebrew code laid hold of actions only. He (Jesus) pushed His scrutiny’s into the heart of man, erected His tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountainhead.”

Christian principles go beyond merely attempting to regulate outward behavior by addressing the condition of the heart before a crime is ever committed (while it is still only a thought in the heart). Only the Bible provides effective “rules for the government of the heart” and thus prevents external crimes that originate internally. Evidence validates this effectiveness, according to Wallbuilders, through a comparison of government run and faith based prisons. Government prisons focus on controlling the external behavior of a prisoner while faith based prisons focus on reforming the inside. 

Only 8% of those incarcerated in a faith based prison will return, compared to the 67% of inmates who were incarcerated in government facilities. Addressing the heart clearly makes a difference in outward behavior. 

When the government rejects the assistance the Bible offers, they will utilize extensive manpower and spend massive amounts of money attempting to restrain behavior that is an external manifestation of the heart (internal chaos and disorder). Benjamin Rush, who signed the Declaration of Independence warned that if America ever ceased promoting Biblical principals in the public arena, then we would “waste so much time and money in punishing crimes and take so little pains in preventing them.”

James McHenry declared: “In vain, without the Bible, we increase penal laws and draw entrenchments around our institutions. Bibles are strong entrenchments. Where they abound, men cannot pursue wicked courses.”

The Word of God ought to be the much preferred choice over government coercion and force; the Bible is the best weapon civil authorities have in fighting crime versus the “woke” methodologies being implemented today.