Read this first.
I agree with the monstrous conclusion, but working with Pure Desire and such ministry, I’ve seen monsters stopped short of the behavior which allows us to dub them monsters. Monsters in the making, I guess you’d say. Some have done time for mini-monster misdeeds (well, I’m not sure there are mini-monsters in Prager’s nomenclature, so, okay, full fledged monsters who didn’t go the route of kidnapping three women as sex slaves). But to hear their stories, they were definitely victims themselves; no escaping that. Are they responsible for their actions and should they be punished? You bet, and they’d all agree at this point. And they’d agree as I do – that Ariel should be a free man only on the way to the crematorium.
But it’s a slippery slope that we navigate to assign titles denoting the impossibility of redemption – which I think a “monster” would be – based solely on where on that slope one came to one’s senses. All sin gets graded based upon a human scale in that system – including the insignificant peccadillios we committed – those cute little things that would send us to hell.
I have wondered about the details of the life of the Gerasene demoniac – he was chained because he was harmless? I serve a God who casts filth out into pigs who rush down that slippery slope in my stead. Even Ariel Castro can come to him – does that disgust me? If I know God’s mercy, it simply cannot.