When he set off from home that day, David had no plans of becoming a fugitive or a murderer of a teenage college hopeful. But how quickly things can change, especially when you’re behind the wheel in traffic!
Both David Chester, 28, and Bianca Roberson, 18, were behind the wheel, as they approached where their two separate lanes merged into one. At that point, the two began "jockeying" for the right of way. The situation quickly turned into a high-speed "cat and mouse game" on the road as each tried to outmaneuver the other for the lead position. According to Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan, "They jockeyed for position, and he wasn't happy, so he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly." Afterward, David, the shooter fled in his red pickup. In one very brief moment of anger, he was transformed into a fugitive facing murder charges and the dream of a budding college student was abruptly terminated. This tragic story took place in the USA (West Chester, Pennsylvania) and was reported by the Associated Press on 2nd July 2017.
The story parallels many instances when emotion gets the better of someone and in a brief moment of extremely bad judgement, an act with grievous consequence is carried out. The excuses that often result are typical – I don’t know what happened; the devil took control of me; it was a moment of poor judgement; it was temporary insanity; the list goes on.
Control of strong emotion like rage often proves difficult. Hundreds of years ago, King Solomon observed that a patient man was preferable to a warrior, and that it takes more strength to control oneself that it takes to capture a city (Pro 16:32). Following this observation was the warning in Ecclesiastes “Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” (Eccl 7:9) The counsel is to guard against what offends you and how quickly that happens. Basically, we must learn to overlook many potential offenses in our quest for self-control. Whatever you do, don’t allow anger to take residence in your lap. Here’s how another put it “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” (Eph 4:26, 27) I particularly like the part where it says ‘do not let the sun go down on your anger, nor give place to the devil.’ Put another way, if you carry your anger to bed, you know who just came to bed with you … the devil himself!
Here’s another story about someone who invited the devil to bed: There were two brothers, one was a farmer the other a shepherd. Both decided to bring sacrifices to the Almighty God. Ostensibly, there were already established regulations regarding sacrifices to the Almighty. The farmer, being a worker of the ground brought some of the produce from his farm as an offering while his younger brother, the shepherd, brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. The Almighty God respected the younger man and his offering, but not the older man. So the older brother became very angry and went about in a foul mood. So the Almighty summoned him and asked “Why are you angry? And why are you in such a foul mood? If you do what is right, will you also not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, beware for sin lies at your door, desiring to rule over you…” However, big brother paid no heed and so one day while they were in the field, he rose up against his brother and killed him. This of course is the story of Cain and Abel. (Gen 4:1-8) Cain took his anger to bed. While he slept, his anger metamorphosed into the devil and changed him into a killer. He was warned, but he paid no heed. Do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no place to the devil!
Frank is a cardiothoracic surgeon practicing in Ghana. His work involves mainly pediatric cardiac surgery. Apart from children's health, he's also passionate about lifestyle modifications to promote health.