I’ll Be Damned

The VIP section in the sky? (Andy Hares/Flickr)

As I’m sure you either know or can judge from the title of my blog (perhaps), I am not the most religious person in the world. I officially classify myself as agnostic, but I have great respect for many religions—and much less so for others, but that’s a story for another time.

Despite my spiritual beliefs—which could be classified as uncertain faith (not knowing if God exists, but unwilling to doubt His existence completely)—I still try not to do anything that might be deemed evil or sacrilegious.

Why take chances, right? After all, if my spirit does arrive at the Pearly Gates and I meet the “Head Honcho” face-to-face—in a non-corporeal way, of course—I want to make sure those gates open for me.

It beats the hell out of the alternative… pun intended.

Unfortunately, it looks as if the Pearly Gates may remain closed for 53-year-old Woodrow Karey, a deacon at the Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Unless God‘s forgiveness extends to cold-blooded murderers, that is.

Pastor Ronald Harris (Tabernacle of Praise)

Last Friday evening, Pastor Ronald Harris was preaching at the church when Karey walked in with two guns—a shotgun and a pistol—shot him twice and killed him on the spot… in the house of The Lord, no less!

Following the killing, Karey fled on foot and tossed his weapons into a wooded area. A short time later—and perhaps after feeling the great weight of guilt bearing down on him—he called the local sheriff’s office and surrendered without incident, even going so far as to help authorities retrieve the murder weapons.

Karey is now being held on $1 million bond and has been charged with second-degree murder. Police are baffled since he has no criminal record and no clear motive for his crime. And since he killed Harris in front of 50 or 60 witnesses, it’s obvious Karey knew there could be jail time in his future.

Not that it mattered much.

I am not a religious man, but I do know this: if God does exist and there really is a Heaven and Hell, Karey just punched his one-way ticket to the Big Barbecue Down Below!

Posted on October 1, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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