There is a personal story I have written about privately but never published. A man I knew well once confided in me that he fantasized about the torture and rape of children. I tried to raise an alarm about his dangerous thinking and Internet searches.
As far as I know it did no good. He made a joke out of my concerns and continued to be allowed access to children at his church.
My primary conflict with him came down to a showdown in my dining room years ago. I put a piece of blank paper in front of him and demanded that he write down the names of the dark and destructive sites he trolled online.
He refused and accused me of being unchristian–not like Jesus.
I thought about him yesterday when I wrote Jesus whipped men for less, because that is what I told him that night–
Oh yeah? Jesus raised havoc to clean the temple of people who were using it to defraud and cheat. How much more would his anger burn towards anyone who hurts a child?
The only–only result of my conflict with that man was more broken relationships and some really memorable character assassination of anyone who questioned this man’s access to children.
The church in question “remedied” the situation by sending him to a family camp.
I digress. I know.
I am writing this now because I want to say two things–
Let us all take note of what Jesus said–
there is nothing hidden that will not be revealed
Men may ignore the prayers for the relief of children for years, but God hears and answers. Justice is coming for Eric Eoin Marques and every last person who aided or watched or stood by and did nothing in the face of monstrous evil.
I pray for justice for the innocent. I pray for their healing.
And I thank God today for the FBI, Anonymous, and anyone who wrote code to reveal unthinkable evil.