Last night I had the wildest thought and feeling – I felt sorry for a killer. I felt a need to pray for him, his family, those he affected, and most importantly for his soul. This killer was David Ludwig, my ever-popular example for teens gone bad. His actions, killing his 14-year-old girlfriend’s parents in cold blood, should have been punished by death, yet I believe he probably received a sentence far worse – a life sentence thinking about his crime and surviving prison life.
His evil words of “It was an intentional murder, I intended to shoot them, and I did” still makes my blood boil, and saddens me, hurts me. How can anyone be so evil, so disgusting, so depraved. Then I remembered what I wrote back in November.
Itâ€™s a story of two teens who were called normal, homeschooled, and Christians. Itâ€™s a story that shows us that we cannot at any time say we arenâ€™t that bad. We are all capable of grabbing a gun and shooting anyone. Itâ€™s just another example of the sinful nature of man. We cannot avoid the fact that we all are sinners. Man is not naturally good. These stories show us that fact over and over again. They reveal the sinfulness of man, and the holiness of God.
I then realized that I needed to pray for this fellow sinner. I saw him in his cell, teary-eyed, cold, broken, and alone. And I saw his need for the true gospel which it sounds like he never really heard. I understood that it’s only by God’s grace that I am not there sitting beside David -a killer, a murderer.
Once again it struck me – we’re not only all sinners like David, but we’re all murderers at heart. We’ve all hated – and in God’s courtroom we’re in huge trouble. Yet there is the beautiful, shining gospel.
I hope that you will pray for David Ludwig today.