Monday, March 23, 2009

WWYD? What would you do?

A very interesting situation Link [via SC]:

New England Town Outraged After Pastor Takes In Child Killer

CHICHESTER, N.H. — A pastor in this quiet, picturesque New England town opened his doors to a convicted child killer who had served his time but had nowhere to go.

But some neighbors of the Rev. David Pinckney vehemently disagree with the pastor's decision — one even threatening to burn his house down after officials could find no one else willing to take 60-year-old Raymond Guay.
What would you do? More details:

Guay already had a criminal record when he was charged in 1973, at age 25, with abducting and murdering a 12-year-old boy in Nashua. Authorities said he planned to sexually assault the boy, whose body was clad only in socks and undershorts.

Guay pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to up to 25 years. He kidnapped a Concord couple after briefly escaping from the nearby state prison in 1982 and was sent to a federal prison in California, where he stabbed an inmate in 1991, court records show.

After 35 years behind bars, he was released in September and ordered to serve his parole in New Hampshire. Guay's release followed a failed attempt by state officials to keep him incarcerated as a dangerous sexual predator under federal law.
Would you let him in? Would you even let him near you? I'm not sure I would.

Read the whole article. The article mentions that the arrangement was set up by a prison fellowship staff worker. The article doesn't mention whether or not Guay was saved in prison. Does it matter? Would you let him in if he was?

Matthew 25:40 The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."


mrutterson said...

i guess the question is, is this guy a brother?

JMJ said...

If he was, would you let him in? now consider yourself in 9 months, as a father, would you?

mrutterson said...

i've gotta say that after prayer and fasting together with my wife, if we felt that God desired it, then yes we would.

i should qualify that by saying that i'd probably have rules like 'if i'm not home, neither are you.'

feddabonn said...

i most bloody definitely wouldn't. i would even sigh that it was 'coming' if someone killed him.

having said that, that's the sort of christianity that seems to be what jesus spoke about, and the sort of christianity i can respect. (not that i disrespect any other sort, just not overly impressed by it). i was watching a documentary of english 'conscientous objectors' to world war I, and one of them was asked if he would still refuse to kill if his mother was in immediate danger of being raped and killed. he said he would! i do not understand/condone that attitude, but it amazes me. people who do this sort of thing may be completely stupid, but it is the kind of stupidity i can respect.