The Tragic Consequences of False Ideas


By Jeff Keaton - Founder, CEO & President of Renewanation


As I write this morning, police are searching for 23-year-old, Casey Lawhorn. Yesterday, he murdered his mom and his good friend. Casey decided to write a long Facebook post to detail why and how he committed these horrific murders. After describing in grotesque detail how he killed his friend and mother, he made some statements that revealed his worldview. I will quote a few of them.


“Don’t give me or my family your prayers. No one will be hurt by this more than my brother (Chad Lawhorn). He will probably need a lot of help getting through this, and if you think you are helping him by talking to the sky, your *** wrong. … I don’t want or need forgiveness from anyone. What I did is unforgivable, and prayer is a waste of time. Nothing happens after death, but if there is a hell, I’m going to be in the lake of ice at the bottom. … What I look forward to is the nothingness after death.”


This is a tragedy beyond words. I in no way know or understand this young man’s mental state. However, in his own words, he defined his worldview. He does not believe there is a God who hears or answers prayer. He does not believe there is a God he will give an account to. He does not believe he will suffer in Hell. He believes death will bring him final relief. This young man believes the cardinal tenets of secular humanism. These beliefs are being taught to more than 50 million K-12 students every school day in America. Secular Humanism is a worldview of hopelessness. The biblical worldview is a worldview permeated with tremendous hope and accountability. What we teach kids really matters!