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Murder in Manitowoc

Posted: Sunday, January 31

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship &amp; Music Pastor

Pastor Dan Wootton // Worship & Music Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Exodus 12:14-13:16
Matthew 20:29-21:22
Psalm 25:16-22
Proverbs 6:12-15


Verse of the day:

May integrity and honesty protect me, for I put my hope in you. (Psalm 25:21)

Last summer, Mandy and I had a friend from Tulsa visit Milwaukee. We decided to take the day to explore Wisconsin and drove north to Manitowoc—walking out to Breakwater Lighthouse and eating lunch at Beerntsen’s Confectionary. It was three weeks ago when we first heard the story of Teresa Halbach and the disjointed events surrounding her murder in Manitowoc County. The Netflix series “Making a Murderer” has raised interest nationwide. The unnerving collection of depositions, personal testimonies, and trial footage creates a sea of contradiction. The easiest conclusion seems pessimistic yet likely: what if everyone is lying? Everyone.



When we encounter a captivating story, we cast ourselves into the plot. What if I was the victim of a violent crime? What if I was a lawyer in a murder trial? What if I was wrongly accused? Read Psalm 25 in the context of the wrongly accused. “See how many enemies I have and how viciously they hate me! Protect me! Rescue my life from them! Do not let me be disgraced, for in you I take refuge.”



We construct so many temporary supports to insulate our lives—the illusion of wealth, notoriety, tenure, and reputation. When attacks come, these pillars crumble quickly. How would you respond if your character was attacked? Would you panic to misdirect and scrape to keep your head above water? Or would you find peace in God and trust Him to lead your defense? 



I long to be a person of integrity and honesty. I don’t want to live in fear of the unwarranted attack. The saying is old and true: the righteous have nothing to hide.