Such a case shakes me at a human level. At first, I get furious with the individual-whom I don't even know- who has apparently done such a wicked thing. Honestly, I'm still at that point on this one. Eventually though, I start to assess the general wickedness of mankind because of sin, then the radical corruption of my own heart. I begin to wonder how wicked I would be- what evil things I would do- if it were not for my redemption through Christ and God the Holy Spirit now indwelling me. I can do some pretty sinful things this side of regeneration, what would I be like if not for the saving, changing, grace of God? I shutter to think. Still, even then, the level of wickedness the killer of Kelsey has gone- by God's grace- is relatively rare.
When I see the expressionless mugshot of Edwin Hall:
1. I remember the pictures of Kelsey I have seen and the absolute hideousness of what he has allegedly done.
2. I get mad at him. I get mad at all such evil. I grieve for his wife and child.
3. I pray for Kelsey's family and friends, this is an unspeakably difficult time for them and a permanent hurt going forward, even with the joyful knowledge that Kelsey is with Christ according to those who knew her relationship with the Lord.
4. I realize there is a fine line between me and Edwin Hall. The difference is Christ.
5. I/we must be about introducing people to Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can remedy human depravity.