Dear Russell & Friends,
Forgive my posting twice in one day. I don’t want to get away from my letter to CC and it will continue tomorrow. But – – this moved me.
The court must respond to one letter it received from one identified as a youth leader in Dylan Butler’s church — a mentor, he says — and who describes Dylan as “a good person.” The point that “[t]here are plenty of criminals that deserve to be incarcerated,” is well taken. Your point that Dylan is not one of them — not a criminal … is belied by the facts and the law. Dylan was an active participant in this activity, and he deserves to be incarcerated under the law. What these defendants did was ugly … it was painful … it is sad … and it is indeed criminal.
The whole article is worth reading slowly with thought, prayer or both. This paragraph struck me because I am a youth leader, on my way to church with my sons. Who are the men under the sheets in the disturbing photo above? They likely sat on the second row, right of center in an evangelical church the very next morning. Do you want to criticize followers of Christ for hijacking the cross as a symbol of fear and intimidation? I do. Do you want to rebuke a youth leader who dares defend a murderous young man as a good person? I do. Do you want to weep, turn, and reclaim the church for Christ? I do.
I am only one man, raised in Texas, who heard the n-word for the first time at the age of five. For everything my parents did wrong, they did do right to raise me with less bigotry than they had been raised with. One man, deeply moved, going to a Baptist church today to influence your children’s friends – – says, “I am sorry” for the crimes of the church. The Pascal boys will be discussing this over lunch with their parents after services. By the grace of God and intentional discipleship, they will be less bigoted than us.
photo credit: by Denver News [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons