If you haven’t heard this story, it sounds like something straight out of a best selling movie. Millionaire John McAfee, who created the widely popular McAfee antivirus program, has been on the run since being named a person of interest in the murder of his neighbor. But it gets even crazier. A resident of Belize, McAfee has not only evaded the Belizean authorities, he’s kept an active blog as well as made calls into various media outlets to tell his story. He believes that if the Belizean authorities take him into custody, he’ll likely be killed.
McAfee is known for his outlandish behavior but many are criticizing the media for being a party to what amounts to an unlawful evading of the authorities. But what might Jesus say to John McAfee?
It’s not like it Hasn’t Been Done Before
“32 In Damascus the governor under King Aretas had the city of the Damascenes guarded in order to arrest me. 33 But I was lowered in a basket from a window in the wall and slipped through his hands.” – 2 Corinthians 11:32-33
In this verse, Paul speaks of being lowered from a basket in order to avoid being arrested. Other translations said that he “fled.” This is hardly the only time that somebody in the Bible fled. In fact, the word is used 118 times so running from oppression is certainly a Biblical concept. The difference between Mr. McAfee and Paul is that it was done not because Paul murdered his neighbor but instead, because he was being oppressed for his faith. Eventually, Paul would wind up in jail and die for his faith.
Running Costs a lot of Money
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” –Hebrews 12:1
McAfee says that he’s running because he fears for his life. He believes that if the Belizean authorities capture him, (and as of today, it appears that they will soon have him) they will kill him although he says he had nothing to do with the murder of his neighbor. Whether or not that is true, only God knows but McAfee is spending a lot of money constructing elaborate plans to evade capture. Even worse, the stress and the lack of freedom that comes with running has robbed him of his life.
What are you running from in your life? Do you have guilt that you can’t get over? Do you have a secret that only God knows and wants you to confess? God’s plan for your life doesn’t include running from your problems. He wants you to face them, take the Godly steps necessary to confess, and then turn them over to Him.
Don’t Involve Others
As the story continues to grow, more people are becoming involved. What started as one man hiding from the police has turned into a media spectacle with reports of people acting as decoys, reporters and bloggers traveling with him, and an increasing amount of live interviews.
Have you been caught up in sin and involved others in it as well? Sin is a poison that spreads to all who are around it. Regardless of how big or small you feel your sin is, understand that those around you are affected even if they don’t know it. It’s unrealistic to think that you will be sin free but understand that everything you do has an effect on others.
Only Jesus knows what Jesus would say to John McAfee but think about this. When we run, we remove the freedom that God has for our life. The enemy wants us running because we get tired and weary and doing God’s work is far from our mind. What in your life is causing you to run? Confess it to God and allow Him to give you the freedom to end your run and live in peace.