Madness in the Hearts of Men


“There is a tragedy that infects the human race: the same destiny awaits them all. Furthermore, their hearts are full of evil–madness festers in their hearts all their days. And then they die.” ~Ecclesiastes 9:3

I’m not a journalist, and I rarely respond in the heat of the moment. But what I was planning on posting suddenly seems terribly insignificant.

Last night, a man with no record of violence and no clear ideological views, stood at a 32nd story Las Vegas hotel window and rained death upon on a crowd of 22,000 concert-goers below. He had at least 23 firearms and shot perhaps 100 automatic rounds at a time, pausing briefly to reload before he resumed firing. Again and again. As of this moment, 59 are dead and well over 500 are injured. It is the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.


The Islamic State claims to have converted Stephen Paddock, 64, to their perverse brand of belief several months ago. But his brother says he was a passive man, with no strong convictions. Did that change?

When we fail to find what we’re meant to live for, the festering madness will sometimes emerge, offering something to kill for, instead.

What can we do? We can send our prayers and our blood. But most of all, we can live lives that rain life, not death, into the world.

“The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and have it in all its fullness.”  ~John 10:10

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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26 Responses to Madness in the Hearts of Men

  1. Ross Kelly says:

    Thoughts are with all Americans from the UK. Together we shall overcome the evils of this world.

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  2. schoen55 says:

    Thank you for bringing sanity and faith in a world that has lost both. Well said.

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  3. ekurie says:

    Somehow in the face of such abject depravity which –unbelievably– we all as humans must be capable, focusing on the strength to resist it comes so much easier.

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  4. smzang says:

    “But most of all, we can live lives that rain life, not death, into the world.”


    You give the answer in that one sentence. It is a shared responsibility. Your article
    sheds light and offers Light. I wish it might be seen and understood by all. Maybe
    we should take ‘they’ out of our vocabularies. Yours is a voice of calm in the midst
    of chaos, a voice of wisdom in the midst of insanity.


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  5. Ron Whited says:

    I agree with you Mitch. Our response cannot be one of rebuke and condemnation, but must be one of love,mercy, and compassion. WWJD? I believe he would exhibit love in the face of this evil,and so should we.

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  6. Praying for survivors and families. Awaiting more information. One point, the Islamic State’s ideology isn’t “perverse”, it’s true Islam, practiced according to their scripture.

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  7. We definitely need to practice more love. Slandering others, or the president is adding fuel to someone’s fire. Satan is alive and active in this world, but “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” (1st John 4:4).

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  8. Mitch, beautiful and clear. Containing solid truths as usual. I’m really coming to respect and look foward to your posts.

    I thought about this all morning though i rarely have the heart to focus on these topics.
    I think it’s important for us not to look to blame to satisfy our sadness but to continue , instead, to look for ways to ease the suffering in society.

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  9. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Thank you, Mitch, for the reminder we all have a part in the healing process after such a tragedy, whether we live near the scene of the crime or not. Indeed, may each of us be like the rain, refreshing the landscape of humanity wherever we go.

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  10. andydouble63 says:

    Recently I have noticed more and more that there is something fundamentally broken about us. Not just major tragedies like this but in the whole way we do life. You are right, there is a madness in our hearts that needs not judicial justice or punishment, we need fixing. My heart weeps for all touched by this madness in Vegas.

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  11. Pastor Randy says:

    Amen! Maybe if we put into practice as those who claim to follow Jesus, Romans 12:21. I believe we can change our culture and nation, 1 person at a time!

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  12. brunniegetchell says:

    Prayers 🙏

    Sent from my iPhone

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  13. Kae Bucher says:

    Excellent post… hard to hear about more insanity but good to know … thanks for sharing

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  14. oneta hayes says:

    “When we fail to find what we’re meant to live for, the festering madness will sometimes emerge, offering something to kill for.” A powerful statement!

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  15. tinagk says:

    Reblogged this on God's Kid Speaks and commented:
    So sad. “Live lives that rain life.” Amen…and thanks Mitch Teemley for being one of those people.

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  16. gerrymackrell says:

    To claim collusion, what does this say about this Islamic state?

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  17. Ann Coleman says:

    Thanks for the words of healing, wisdom and hope.

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  18. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    If we don’t stand fir something we will fall for anything, right? The enemy wants those undecided people to do dangerous things. Pray for people to make their choices.

    Thanks brother,


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  19. notdonner says:

    this madness that grips human beings is so unpredictable. Since Cain murdered Abel there’s been such bloodshed and anguish in the world. I hug my wife close, keep a sharp eye out for danger, and yet remain secure in the antidote to evil men, through the sanctifying blood of Jesus. Kill the body yet my eternity is secure.

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