Chris Kyle, a retired Navy Seal, whose skill as a sharpshooter made him known as one of the military’s deadliest snipers (150+ kills) and whose autobiography (American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History) became a best seller, devotes much of his time to helping disturbed and disabled veterans. He created a foundation in Lancaster, Texas to help them overcome post-traumatic stress disorder by providing exercise equipment and counseling. One such disturbed veteran was Eddie Ray Routh and last Saturday, Chris Kyle and his friend Littlefield planned to take Routh to spend the afternoon at a remote shooting range, one of Kyle’s techniques for helping struggling veterans adjust to civilian life.
Routh’s mother, Jodi Routh, had recently asked for help for her son, a former Marine who spent 15 days in a nearby jail last year after a drunken-driving arrest, and who had a history of mental illness. At the range Routh shut his two companions to death and took off with Kyle's new Ford F-350.
Kyle was being a Good Samaritan helping a stranger, and he paid the price! Is it Karma for all 150 people he killed or is it more likely a reflection of the trickery and deceit in human nature. My personal life is replete with such NON quid-pro-quos (meeting generosity and assistance with evil deeds and deceit). An Arabic proverb says it even better: "Beware the Evil from those you Helped" Routh's move and others are plain evil. What makes somebody hate you so much while you are trying your best to help him/her? Is human nature that vile? Is it the glaring symptom of an unfair and unjust society? When you are giving some change to a panhandler, does that remind him of how much more than him you have, so he hates you for it? We can try to rationalize this till dooms day. It simply is lack of appreciation and gratitude of epidemic proportions between husbands and wives, children and parents, neighbors, employees and bosses, doctors and patients, citizens and their government, people and their God, and so on and so forth. It is in my opinion, the single most important cause for family and society breakdown.
Jesus was first to be sorely punished by the Romans for his good deeds. Missionaries have been killed all over the globe while ministering to the sick and needy and spreading the Word of God. Surely these good deeds will be rewarded somewhere sometime...maybe not in this life or on this earth. Maybe this all means there must be an AFTERLIFE where all accounts are truly and justly settled.
A Good Deed Is Good Indeed...To Cash In Later