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The Tragic Consequences of False Ideas

On April 8, 2018, 23-year-old Casey James Lawhorn murdered his mom and his good friend, Avery. Casey decided to write a lengthy 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, you’re [redacted] 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, and it ended with Casey taking his own life. I in no way know or understand what this young man’s mental state was. However, in his own words, he defined his worldview. He did not believe there is a God who hears or answers prayer. He did not believe there is a God he would give an account to. He did not believe he would suffer in hell. He believed death would bring him final relief. This young man believed many of the cardinal tenets of secular humanism. These beliefs are being taught to more than 50 million K-12 students every school day in America. In spite of the fact that most secular humanists do not commit horrific acts like this one, secular humanism is a worldview of hopelessness. If we are all just a compilation of chemicals that have randomly come together over billions of years, and if we have not been created in the image of a loving God, what is the purpose of life?

The biblical worldview is a worldview permeated with tremendous hope and accountability. We tell children the truth when we tell them the Gospel. God created all things good. Man chose to sin, to rebel against God. Our sin has brought every conceivable evil into our world. However, Jesus came to redeem man and our world. With this intervention, we can once again live lives that are pleasing to God, and we can become a part of redeeming and restoring our world to look more like God’s design. We must reach more children with this truth and rescue the masses from being taught the lies of secularism.

Have you joined the cause of giving children a biblical worldview? This is one of the best ways to change the course of our nation. We must stop just cursing the darkness! It’s time to take the light of truth into the darkness.


Jeff Keaton has been a successful pastor, church and school planter, and ministry entrepreneur. As the founder and CEO of Renewanation, Jeff now works across the United States and Canada to help awaken the church to the great need to give every child a biblical worldview. Jeff is married to his high school sweetheart, Michele, and has two daughters and two sons-in-law: Julianna, Andrew, Heidi, and Jordan. He is the author of The Life of Radical Faith.


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