I am not sure how much a Subway sandwich costs in Atlanta, Georgia, and of course, the price varies depending on the size and type, but I am guessing around $8.00.
And a subway employee was shot to death and another injured requiring emergency surgery when a customer became enraged and opened fire after an employee put too much mayo on a sub.
In an interview with Fox News, the Subway manager, Willie Glenn said
“Believe it or not, it was about too much mayonnaise on his sandwich. He decided to escalate the situation and from there that’s when all hell broke loose.”
The police have not caught the person responsible for the murder.
Though the mayo triggered the violence, it was not the cause, because whole people do not kill someone over an $8 mistake..
I suspect that the person responsible walked into that subway carrying grudges, and by his reaction, I am guessing a mountain of offenses.
It reminds me of the story of the King who called for an audit of his finances in Matthew 18, and found one of his servants was short 10,000 talents.
It’s tough to get a fix of how much this involved, but in today figures it was certainly millions of dollars, perhaps as much as $10 million.
And when the servant begged for mercy after the king threatened to sell his family into slavery, the king completely forgave this debt.
But then we see an interesting thing happen. After being completely forgiven, the servant then goes out and finds a man who owed him 100 denarius, the equivalent of three months wages.
And a strange thing happens.
If you read the following verses carefully, we see that the king’s servant was so outraged that he literally had his hands around the man’s neck and was choking him over the 100 denarius and then sent him to debtor’s prison until that debt was repaid:
28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’ 30 But he was unwilling, and went and threw him in prison until he would pay back what was owed. (Matthew 18:28-30 NASV)
This verse tells us a couple of things. First, it reveals how the king’s servant ended up $10 million short.
He was lending out money to make a quick buck for himself. There were several sure-fire investments, where people promised to double his money overnight. People wanting to borrow money to buy the latest Cadillac chariot. Others were short a few bucks, and promised to pay him back on the next pay day.
Suddenly, people who were the servant’s best buddies one minute were now avoiding his phone calls and not responding to texts.
You don’t lose $10 million without a lot of things going wrong.
And here is the second thing we know, in the broad scheme of things, $3,000 was a drop in the bucket compared to a $10 million ocean of debt. It represented only 0.03% of what was owed.
The man who owed the money was not being strangled over $3,000 but over the $9,997,000 that the King’s servant was still out.
That $10 million worth of unpaid grudges was being poured out on this one man, because the king’s servant who had been forgiven much refused to forgive those who owed him.
These grudges created a mountain of rage that exploded on this man who owed 100 denarii.
When the king found out what had happened, we are told that the king’s servant was turned over to the ‘tormenters’ (Matthew 18:34). This is the Greek word ‘basanistēs’ and refers to torturers. Thayers Greek Dictionary adds that it included the use of a rack, where a person’s arms and legs were pulled using devices or animals until arms and legs were dislocated or broken.
You can only imagine what other forms of torture would be involved, and the king’s servant would face this for the rest of his life.
A person who holds grudges and refuses to forgive can often end up being full of anger and bitterness. He is a tormented person, and I believe vulnerable to satanic attacks and only needs the slightest flame to ignite the built-up rage inside.
We must not let grudges pile up in our life.
When offended, we must forgive and do it quickly, before the sun goes down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26).