Am I Evil?

Am I evil? Serouisly. I need to know.

Right up front, let me say, my blog usually shares something inspirational; some words on a particular Bible verse. Not today. Today, I need the answer to my question. Am I evil? Or am I just a little warped in the brain? You be the judge

This question arose the other night. My wife and I went out to dinner; Cracker barrel. It wasn’t too crowded. My kids would say that’s because their parents are getting old and go out early like good senior citizens, way before normal people eat. Rotten kids.

As we sat, waiting for our food, I became a tad bored. Just a tad. The peg jumping game on the table can only keep my attention for so long.

That’s when I noticed a man, sitting at the table next to us. He was on the other side of the latticed wall. A mere four feet away with a hole-filled divider in between. I thought I’d have a bit of fun. I leaned in close to my wife (Yet near enough to the wall to be heard). I stage-whispered in as ominous and mysterious a voice as I could, “Tonight’s the night. Do you have the pills? Make sure you give him enough to get the job done. Then we can finally be together!”

I sat back in triumph, waiting for my wife to join in the fun. Instead, she responded in the way she usually does to my creative genius; a sigh and a sad shake of her head, as if she were watching someone at a carnival game, throwing balls at milk bottles, and missing them for the one hundred and fifty-fourth time. Very sad indeed!

To me it was a bit of fun. To my wife, it was an invitation to have the police called in. “It wasn’t humorous,” she insisted. She probably invisioned me being hauled off to the local station for questioning. Then again, she was the one with the pills. Not me!

Come on! Can’t I have a little fun? Besides, if I were sitting in a restaurant, I’d love to hear someone, seated at the table next to me, say something mysterious like that. It would add excitement to the evening. Besides, if it weren’t for whispered sentences like that, where would Scooby Doo and the gang, or Nancy Drew or the Hardy boys ever get their clues? I was providing a needed service.

Maybe I’m wrong. I don’t know. I looked up a couple of verses, dealing with “words”. You be the judge. Do they apply to this situation?

  • Proverbs 6:16-19 “There are six things the Lord hates – no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers.”
  • James 1:26   “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.”

What do you think? Please let me know. Maybe I do need to change my evil ways…

Then again, maybe not. Be forewarned! Perhaps the next time you’re at a restaurant, you should listen closely to the people around you. You may hear someone (a big burly man with a graying beard), speaking in a hushed and mysterious voice, say to the woman sitting with him, “There’s only one bullet in the pistol. Make sure you shoot straight. You won’t get a second chance.”


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