The statements have not denied the horrific nature of the crimes or the need to see justice take it’s course, but have been expressions of deep concern and familial love.
This has evoked no small derision and some outrage from others in the community and on various forums as some believe this “monster” has forfeited all human graces.
This notion, in my opinion, strikes at the very heart of the Christian faith and the cross of Jesus Christ.
When He was being murdered for our sins, the Lord said “, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.””(Luke 23:34 ESV)
We had a hand in the murder of our Lord, He died for our sins too.
We do not know what compelled this child to commit this awful crime and perhaps we never will.
It was evil unrestrained and wicked beyond comprehension.
The criminal justice system will do it’s work and he will receive earthly justice and that is as it should be.
However, until the end of his earthly life, he can still be offered the possibility of divine grace and redemption that was purchased for him when Christ died for him.
While some may be unable to offer this young killer grace, I will not condemn those who can.
My Five Favorite “Heretics”:
3. Frederick Buechner
4. N.T. Wright
5. C.S. Lewis
Evangelicals have read Lewis for decades to great profit…without acknowledging that he held to “aberrant” doctrines in some areas.
The key here is that he wrote before the internet age…when we judged a work according to it’s merits, not according to whether the author fit our mold.
Out of time…off to work.