I am writing to give God glory through what you have done. Two years ago I was one of those Christians that would call others perverts and sickos. I would get mad when I seen something on the news about a child being molested or killed. I would vow to take the life of a pedophile if one ever harmed my children. I would tell others how I would never be around anyone guilty of horrible crimes against children or women. I have always been very clear and outspoken to anyone.
I had been following you on facebook for awhile because I wanted to share your testimony with the gays in my family. But I didnt share it for the right reason. I wanted to prove a point to them that it was sin and wrong. I just wanted them to stop doing it because it was disgusting. About two years ago I was in a car accident and a stranger pulled me from the car that was on fire. He drug me to the other side of the street. I could not move my legs. I asked him to stay with me. He disappeared. The car exploded as he walked quickly away.
While I was recovering I watched the news and a story caught my eye, it was speaking of a child molester and how they caught him and arrested him. When the news showed his mugshot I knew him. It was the man that saved my life. But he was a child molester and I hated them. Right? I prayed to God on what I should do. He told me to reach out to the man. I did. I wrote to him in jail and then went to visit him when he did not answer my letter. I spoke to him.
I asked him why he left the night he saved my life. He told me because he was on his way to kill himself but could not bring himself to do it and he was all messed up in the head. I asked him why he would want to kill himself. He told me because he molested his nephew and did not want to live with himself any more because he could not deal with the temptation of being a child molester. He asked God to heal him. God did not heal him.
After a few weeks he went to his family and told them what he did to his nephew. His nephew had never told anyone. He could have gotten away with it. But God told him to make it right and pay the penalty for his crime. The man that saved my life was a man that I detested and hated and did not even know him. I did not know his struggles and how he was tempted to molest like I was tempted to cheat on my wife and to watch pornography. It was the same for him, as for me. But his sin was worse in my eyes because I didn't know his struggles.
This man is now my brother and best friend. If I had not followed your page and learned about the different struggles we all face, then I never could have had compassion for this man. I never could have even attempted to understand his pain. I never would have allowed him in my home, around my children and have gotten so close to him.
David, I remember the day you made a video and opened up about your crimes against children. I remember thinking how everything in me wanted to hate you and give you a piece of my mind. But I remember the hurt, the love, the passion in your voice as you spoke. I remember the God that I saw in your eyes and I knew you were a child of God. I knew he had forgiven you and that I have to as well.
I thank you David, for being so open and transparent. You have truly helped me to open up and to be forgiving of others no matter what their sin. I love you David and I hope to one day meet you. If not here on earth, then when we get home. Thank you for being obedient to God and to the Holy Spirit. Thank you for allowing me to find true brotherhood in a man I once would have hated easily.
Your brother, and friend in Christ, Craig