Michael Bray

Author of A Time To Kill

Rejoicing in the Death of the Wicked

The following was written in the midst of all and in response to the many loud voices decrying the termination of Tiller the Killer by Scott Roeder.

2 June 2009

Rejoicing in the Death of the Wicked

Sometimes we would be nicer than Jesus. Rather than fume at the hypocrite teachers and leaders who mislead rather than teach and guide the people – rather than call them “blind guides” and “white washed walls” – we coddle our false teachers and fawn over them. Perhaps this is because they do not demand of us what Christ demands. And we love them for it.

Do we not know that our Christ is the God of the “Old Testament”? Do we think that He is nicer than the Holy Spirit or the Father?

Do we not understand the Spirit of God who inspired the song of thanks in gratitude for the blood shed by Deborah and Jael?

The lady deceived Sisera, an enemy of the people. She lured him into a room where she said he could sleep and then drove a tent peg through his skull. The Son of God (or was it the Holy Spirit? The Father?) inspired a song of praise to be recorded by the prophets for the people of God to be read and sung on appropriate occasions by God’s people. It is a song of thanksgiving and rejoicing for this deed of deliverance:

Most blessed of women be Jael,
the wife of Heber the Kenite,
Most blessed of tent-dwelling women.
He asked for water, and she gave him milk;
In a bowl fit for nobles she brought him curdled milk.
Her hand reached for the tent peg,
Her right hand for the workman’s hammer.
She struck Sisera, she crushed his head,
She shattered and pierced his temple.
At her feet he sank,
He fell; there he lay.
At her feet he sank, he fell;
Where he sank, there he fell-dead (Judges 5:24-27)

The song goes on to exult in the anticipation of the mother of the freshly deceased Sisera waiting in ignorance for his return from battle and expecting to benefit from the spoils of war that he would have brought home including a maiden or two for each Canaanite warrior.

No. They would bring back nothing. Sisera, the leader of the enemies, was well executed by Jael. Thanks be to God!

We are anti-abortion without apology and we rejoice is the death of this wicked man without apology and without shame. We do not blush in our praise of Mr. Roeder. We rejoice in the deliverance of countless innocent children. The blood shedding has been stopped. Praise be to God!

There is a song we know from our childhood from the Wizard of Oz sung by Munchkins in celebration of the death of the wicked witch. Dorothy reports how the house fell upon the witch and that she really never intended to terminate her. Of course her diminutive denial of intent to kill her did not dissuade the gracious and thankful Munchkins from crediting her and thanking her for the deed.

One Munchkin offers: ‘We thank you very sweetly for doing it so neatly.”
And a second adds:

You’ve killed her so completely,
That we thank you very sweetly

The judge and mayor and men of the city are called to verify the death of the wicked witch and they conclude that she “is morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively, absolutely, undeniably and reliably dead!”

The coroner proclaims:

As Coroner, I thoroughly examined her
And she’s not only merely dead,
She’s really most sincerely dead

The mayor leads the town in the proper response to this good news:

Then this is a day of independence
For all the Munchkins and their descendants
Yes, let the joyous news be spread
The wicked old witch at last is dead!

The people respond with appropriate song and celebration with the now-popular refrain:

Ding-dong the witch is dead
Which old witch? The wicked witch!
Ding-dong the wicked witch is dead
Wake up you sleepyhead
Rub your eyes, get out of bed
Wake up the wicked witch is dead.

By examining the response of many putative prolife leaders to the good news, it would appear we are stuck in Kansas. But on the contrary, there are many who have come around since the shootings which occurred under the pro-abort Clinton Administration. If such rescues continue under the pro-abort Obama Administration, perhaps we will grow and develop a sound mind on the matter. Kansans could learn from the citizens of Munchkin Land.

Here is a new song:

Ding-dong the butcher’s dead
The butcher’s dead, shot in the head
Ding-dong the baby butcher’s dead
Wake up you sleepyhead
Rub your eyes, get out of bed
Wake up the baby butcher’s dead!

Let us think biblically and Christianly, girding our minds with the truth and speaking it without fear (Eph. 6:14). There is a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to weep, and a time to rejoice (Ecc. 3:3-4). This is a time to rejoice.

Cordially in Him,

Michael Bray

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