When hatred pretends to be "compassion"
Last year, Jamie Weddle held his girlfriend captive for two days. He raped her several times, sodomized her, and beat her so badly that he broke her leg. When she begged him to seek medical attention, he refused and raped her again. Last week, Judge Marc Kellams sentenced him to spend 70 years in prison, of which he will likely serve half.
At the sentencing, Public Defender Stu Baggerly argued for a lighter punishment by saying the most depraved, disgusting, hate-filled thing that could possibly come out of his mouth.
Jamie is not a bad person. He is a man who has made bad decisions.
Turning off the lights before walking through the room at night is a bad decision. Raping, sodomizing and brutally beating your girlfriend for two days is not a bad decision. Holding her hostage is not a bad decision. Breaking her leg and denying her medical attention is not a bad decision. It is evil.
What Baggerly said was pure hatred. Imagine what the victim must have felt listening to this prominent attorney say that the horrible things done to her were nothing more than "bad decisions." Could Baggerly have been any more hateful to this woman? He should publicly retract his evil words and personally apologize to the victim.
Baggerly's hatred for Weddle is evident as well. Weddle does not need to hear that his actions were "bad decisions." He needs to hear that what he did was evil. He needs to hear that he is going to suffer in horrible burning agony in the Lake of Fire for all eternity unless he repents of his evil deeds. Only when faced with the terrible fear of judgment by a holy and righteous God can Weddle recognize that he is without hope and that he needs the shed blood of Jesus Christ to cover his terribly wicked and evil behavior. (See 1 John 1:9)
Judge Kellams, meanwhile, perfectly represents the love and holiness of Jesus Christ by handing down this harsh punishment. He served as an avenger for the victim, just as God does, demonstrating his love for her. Kellams did not whitewash and brush aside the evil done by Weddle. Instead, he shoved it directly into Weddle's face and made it perfectly clear that Weddle is evil. In doing so, he demonstrated that he loves Weddle.
Fraudulent "compassion" in the face of evil is nothing but hatred in disguise.