Everyday Evil

Internet user on a cell phone, Author Raidarmax (CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported)

WARNING:  Graphic Images

A young teacher traveling on Southwest Airlines caught sight of disturbing texts by the passenger seated ahead of her on the plane.  Michael Kellar was casually planning with Gail Burnworth to molest two children [1].

Thinking quickly, the unnamed teacher took cell phone photos of the texts.  She then informed the flight crew.

Kellar was arrested in San Jose, CA after the plane touched down; Burnworth was later arrested in Tacoma, WA.  Kellar maintained that he had merely been fantasizing.  His texts, however, revealed the truth.

Kellar is 56 y.o. and Burnworth 50 y.o.  The children they were planning to molest are 5 y.o. and 7 y.o.  Both children were rescued by law enforcement.  Evidently, Burnworth had been babysitting them.

“Folks that are doing these sort of things are literally all around us.  We don’t know who they are…They need to be punished and they need to be kept away from kids.”

-San Jose Police Sgt. Brian Spears, Q13 Fox TV [2]

Evil can be found everywhere.  Many make it part of their everyday lives.  We must remain alert to its presence, and protect ourselves against evil, without surrendering our peace of mind.

That is a difficult task.  We can easily feel overwhelmed, and certainly discouraged.  It often appears that evil is winning the day.

But God will not allow that.  He remains in charge, even when all hope is lost.  The battle between good and evil rages.  However, the war has been won.  It was won for us by Jesus Christ on the cross.

Be sure of this:  the wicked will not go unpunished, but those that are righteous will go free (Prov. 11: 21).

[1]  ABC News, “Man arrested after Southwest passenger says she saw him texting ‘molesting children’ police say” by Julia Jacobo and Alex Stone, 8/3/17, http://abcnews.go.com/US/man-arrested-southwest-passenger-texting-molesting-children-police/story?id=49020167.

[2]  Washington Post, “An alert airline passenger exposed a suspected child predator after glancing at his texts” by Kyle Swenson, 8/4/17, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/04/an-alert-airline-passenger-exposed-a-suspected-child-sex-predator-after-glancing-at-his-text-messages/.



Filed under Child Abuse, Child Molestation, Christianity, Emotional Abuse, Religion, Sexual Abuse

24 responses to “Everyday Evil

  1. Evil certainly is all around us, Anna. And in so many unimaginable ways. It’s a great comfort to know the battle has been won, and victory is ours because of Jesus!!!!

  2. It’s such a blessing this amazing woman responded to the situation. Thank you for sharing this important reminder.

  3. Sad. I am glad these perpetrators were arrested, but for every one caught, there are probably a hundred that keep on hurting these precious children.

  4. It’s so disturbing to read an article like this, especially for those who were not rescued themselves. But it is good to know that good will always triumph over evil and justice will be done. Thank God for people like that courageous teacher. This is such proof that God “shall give His angels charge over you. To keep you in all your ways.”

    • I’m sorry. I did not mean the post to be distressing. The evil in the world can be deeply discouraging, especially for those of us who have fallen prey to it. I once blamed God for all this. But the corrupt hearts of men pursue their ends wholly separate from God. I trust there will be an accounting one day. “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matt. 18: 6).

      • Dear Anna, there was no need to apologise. After I pressed ‘sent’, a few moments later, it occurred to me that my opening sentence might be misunderstood. I meant the post was of a distressing nature because of the content and not because you shouldn’t bring these matters to our attention. It is so important for this evil to be addressed and for children to be protected.

  5. Super post, thank you so much dear Anna
    Because of Jesus, you are winner
    Have a very nice day

  6. Anna,

    I am sure you already realize this, but in the event you do not I want to take the time to recognize, as the Word encourages us to do, one another.

    Since we know our self-worth is placed in Christ’s gift of righteousness (for those who hold to salvation thru Jesus, such as you and I do) we can also know that there is no pride or flattery in acknowledging and encouraging one another in the call He has placed upon each one of His children (and yes we ALL have a part to play).

    Your words offer great protection to those who have no voice and no other advocate. What you share goes beyond this natural realm and speaks blessing and protection to these children in ways not easily seen to many.

    Thank you for your faithfulness. I am always encouraged, challenged and above ALL, motivated to seek Father-God’s heart in all things that you write about and expose.

    You are a blessing and a “mother in Isreal” (Judge 5:7, 2 Sam 20:19) to many.

    I thank God for your calling and your faithfulness.


    • You’ve brought tears to my eyes, David. That is high praise indeed, my dear brother. More than I deserve, I think. But we each do our part, however small, and God does the rest. May He bless you as you so consistently bless me.


  7. That was quick thinking of her, bunch of weirdos we have in humanity.

  8. Very grim reading but it shows how the human mind can be taken over by evil. We see it everywhere we look.

  9. Your conclusion is very soothing for righteousness.

  10. Thank goodness for some busibodies, they do have their place. Saved some innocent children from abuse. There is too much evil on this Earth needs a lot of cleaning-up.

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