“No Mercy for Man Who Raped, Killed Six-Month-Old”

I saw this horrific story yesterday (http://www.local12.com/news/local/story/No-Mercy-For-Man-Who-Raped-Killed-Six-Month-Old/OziBllxxwEOLN0tzrrQ8ww.cspx) and it has haunted me all day and night. I suppose it’s because I have three granddaughters— the youngest just turned 8 months old. I kept thinking that it’s bad enough when people punch and beat a baby to death, but it adds another layer of wickedness when someone rapes one. When I saw the news article on my Facebook feed, it made me sick, sad, and angry all at the same time.

This wasn’t the first time that I have heard of this type of horrible act on a baby. Many years ago I saw a terrible report of an 11 week old baby that was raped by a woman’s boyfriend. I cried as I held my 11-month-old baby girl. Raping a baby is truly evil. How can anyone do such a thing?

The Bible tells us that the human heart is “desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17:9) and from a person’s heart derives “evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness” (Mark 7:21-22). The Bible also says “everyone has sinned” and “fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23).

We tend to categorize sins—torturing and murdering babies and animals is worse than lying or cheating, but all sins are equally wrong in God’s eyes—“For the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws” (James 2:10).

The truth is, the man who committed such a heinous act on this baby, is no different than we were before God intervened in our lives; we may not have abused a baby, but we did other things— “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor 6:11).

I hope this man will turn to God and sincerely ask Him for forgiveness, then this baby’s death would not be in vain.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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