Details of the horrific murder of Nicole, a 13-year old Virginia girl, are being revealed to the public in the slaying of this innocent child. Two college-aged teens are responsible. The 18-year-old boy probably enticed this gullible girl into an inappropriate relationship with him, and she was going to expose it. Reports say that the other teen, a 19-year-old girl with possible mental health issues, assisted the young man in the slaying for no real motive other than the “novelty of killing,” perhaps a morbid curiosity.

Studies have been conducted on the brains of older teens and indicate that the frontal lobes of older teens, the area of the brain that deals with consequences and foresight, is not entirely matured until they are 20 years old or so. This could be why older teens don’t often think about the consequences of their actions. Nevertheless, these teens killed a little girl, and for what? To hide the relationship she had with the 18 year old man? Maybe. Didn’t they think that killing someone is much worse than having an inappropriate relationship? Death is permanent and the worst thing anyone can do. It’s every parent’s nightmare… but to kill for the novelty of it? How does a person become so animal-like?

You become what you behold. Click To Tweet If these teens exposed themselves regularly to porn, to violence, to callousness portrayed in the media day-in and day-out for years and years, then should we shake our heads in disgust at the teens, or at the “entertainment” we spew forth as a society that can transform kids into killers? I know that not everyone becomes a killer who watches this stuff, but some do. They could be potentially exposing themselves to demonic activity in these media forms, as well.

We should feed our society pure things to think about, lovely things, noble ideas, beauty, truth and human dignity (Phil. 4:8). All people have worth. All of humanity has been created in God’s image (whether that is acknowledged or not), and this gives every person value, from the moment of conception to the moment of aging forgetfulness. Desperately old or desperately young, all people are valuable. Can we bring that back into our media? Can we see how terrible porn is because it makes people objectified? Will we see how horrific violent media images imprint on minds, leaving some leaning towards real violence?

Spend time studying the life of Christ, reading good books full of lovely ideas, watching movies that are beautiful, and filling minds with noble ideas. This is what we were created for, and we need to bring back the hope that God is with us, He is for us, and He wants something better for all of mankind.

Now 13-year-old Nicole is in His heavenly arms tonight, where there is no more suffering, no more pain or tears. There is comfort in that. There is hope for the future IF we bring troubled people into His light. Light is stronger but we have to walk into it. Do not fear being exposed when stepping into light, as we all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Rom. 3:23). Fear instead of staying in dark places that erodes the soul. Be set apart for God’s glory.Virginia-teen-stabbing-jpg