Written Wednesday morning, April 19th upon learning of the death of convicted-murderer Aaron Hernandez by suicide.
Having just learned of Aaron Hernandez’s death by suicide I am experiencing a sadness similar in a way to the sadness experienced when I learned of the deaths of the people he was accused/convicted of murdering, and honestly while he was convicted I wasn’t at the scene of the Odin Lloyd murder and have no evidence that the recently-deceased was in-fact a murderer, though I believe he was.
And in all honesty that doesn’t matter. Right now I hurt for Odin Lloyd’s family and the families of the others Aaron Hernandez was accused of murdering as well as those victims who likely passed on in excruciating fashion.
I also hurt for those that loved Aaron Hernandez, his friends and family, his fiancé and those who loved and tried to help him to no avail throughout his short 27 years on this earth.
But I also hurt for Aaron Hernandez.
In times like this people want to distance themselves from, and condemn, the accused/convicted while also believing they could or would never be capable of such atrocities as murder.
The Bible tells us two things that come to my heart at this time and the first is the time when the Pharisees were to stone an adulteress to death as the law told them to. “But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, “He that is without sin amoung you, let him first cast a stone at her.” The other is a writing in 1 John, “Whoseover hateth his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
Jesus Christ is the only person that truly knows the hearts of men and in matters such as this He has commanded his followers to forgive 490 times, or always, without exception.
Aaron Hernandez is no exception.
Jesus Christ also said that anyone who hates someone such as Hernandez is no better than the murderer himself. This would also apply to condemnation from men.
“Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
In this time Hernandez’s troubled soul isn’t deserving of our forgiveness apart from our calling to forgive other’s trespasses in the same manner we would have our Father forgive us ours. I would hope in this time that all the deceased involved in all of this sin, Hernandez included, would be on the hearts and in the prayers of those called according to God’s purposes. Have a blessed day.
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