This has been a summer of mysteries. More of the events surrounding the incident at Dyke Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island are destined to be brought to light. But we will probably never be fully informed of all that happened.

What has become known as the “Green Beret Murder Case” is also quite a mystery. Was someone killed, and if so, who? Is this a way of getting at the Special Forces by some other jealous arm of our government? Did some overzealous subordinate misunderstand his superior’s offhand remarks about “dealing with this matter”? This case raises general questions about spies and their execution.

Who killed Sharon Tate and others in Los Angeles? And why? Who has been killing coeds in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, Michigan? And why? Those who are not disposed to admit the reality of evil automatically label such murderers as insane. This seems to be a convenient way to avoid recognizing that men can be wicked; they can kill for the sheer sport of it, even as others delight in getting away with cheating in school, on their spouses, at work, or on tax returns.

Often justice is not done on earth, though we should do our best to achieve it. Mysteries go unsolved, men are wrongly blamed, crime goes unpunished. But there is coming a day when the Lord “will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.” Only those whose sins, great and small, have been forgiven through their acceptance of Christ’s death on their behalf can look toward this day not with dread but with confidence.

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