McCalla, AL: Triple Homicide and Luke Bryan Good-Timers

McCalla, Alabama, what are you thinking? What are you doing?

Our little suburb has just been hit between the eyes with this dark reality:

Steve Hutcheson stood over his wife and two children and shot them to death, one by one while they slept, before he left his McCalla home and later met up with his girlfriend to drink, do cocaine and have sex, authorities said today. (Al.com)

Dark forces are at work in our community. A member of our community has just shot his wife and two children to death. You might even know these folks. You kids probably went to school with Kimberly and Peyton. Mine did.

Kim and her mom were apparently shot while they were sleeping, but it seems Peyton was aware and knew what his father was intending to do. The article continues:

Peyton, it appears, saw it coming. He was on the couch, and then rolled to floor after having been shot three times, in the neck and face. (Al.com)

That’s right. He shot his 12-year-old boy in the neck and the face. Don’t quit reading yet. McCalla, we need to face this horrible thing. Together. As a community.

After slaughtering his family, Steve Hutcheson decided to get drunk, high, and have a party. This reflects a high level of spiritual darkness, and spiritual darkness is infectious to a community. It is the worst kind of spreading cancer. It is the cancer of the soul.

Do you want to hear the stark and painful truth? There is great darkness in a high percentage of McCalla homes. Perhaps things aren’t quite as dark as Steve Hutcheson’s soul, but the darkness is there nonetheless. And it is thick. It creeps into the homes of normal-looking families (like the Hutchesons), and it can cause absolute chaos very quickly.

The Hutcheson case is the worst kind of scenario. But I know through my ministry work that spiritual darkness plagues our neighborhoods. Alcoholism, drug addiction, adultery, hate, idolatry, contentions, gossip, and slothfulness can be found on almost every street in McCalla.

We are a spiritually dark community.

How many people in McCalla go to church every Sunday? How many people in McCalla get drunk every weekend?

How many people in McCalla can say, “I am filled with the joy of the Lord?” How many people in McCalla would admit that they live in miserable depression?

How many people in McCalla have God-honoring marriages where Jesus is the focus of their family? How many people in McCalla sit on their computers viewing porn multiple times a week?

My heart aches for this community. So many people refuse the only solution to the darkness – a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Most refuse to be even remotely concerned with this glorious truth:

Colossians 1:13-14 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

So many in McCalla are content to sit in the domain of darkness and let it ruin them. Most are content to let greed, envy, sexual immorality, and drunkenness enslave them.

Very few are running to Jesus.

McCalla has some wonderful churches. I praise God for Grace Life, Flint Hill, McCalla Bible, Baptist Church at McCadory, Bellview, Tannehill, Rock Mountain Lakes, and many others (wish I could name them all). But only a minority of the people who live in our community attend these churches or any others in the Birmingham area. The majority of people are simply not interested in the Word of God, the community of God, or anything associated with God. Most seem to be content living in the darkness.

McCalla, a man just murdered his wife and two children in your backyard. Do you see where darkness takes people? Do you see what darkness does? It always leads to death.

The people of McCalla are grieving because of the force of darkness that has struck our community. But the grieving only seems to last a couple of seconds. Do you know why? Well, because Luke Bryan is coming! Who has time to weep over plaguing darkness when a country superstar is coming to party?

Luke Bryan

And what does Luke Bryan sing about?

You got that sun tan skirt and boots
Waiting on you to look my way and scoot
Your little hot self over here
Girl hand me another beer, yeah!

Steve Hutcheson might have had that one playing while he and his girlfriend partied. Or maybe Steve used his blood-stained hands to hit play on this tune:

Girl, you make my speakers go boom boom
Dancin’ on the tailgate in a full moon
That kinda thing makes a man go mmm hmmm
You’re lookin’ so good in what’s left of those blue jeans
Drip of honey on the money make her gotta be
The best buzz I’m ever gonna find
Hey, I’m a little drunk on you

Look, the people who know me know that I’m not legalistic about secular music. I’m not calling for a CD burning. But I know that when I listen to music like this my mind is not on Jesus. It doesn’t lead me to seek the holiness of the Lord or live my life for the glory of God.

Yet in the wake of a triple homicide,
all I’m reading on Facebook is how everybody can’t wait
for Luke Bryan to come and rock the farm.

Do you honestly think thousands of drunk people in a field is what McCalla needs right now?

What McCalla needs to do right now is hit our knees. We need to call out to God, and we need to hear the Word of God preached with power. We need to pack out the churches seeking a real, life-altering relationship with the Lord of glory. We need to be transferred into his kingdom of light.

Contrast Luke Bryan’s songs with this:

Romans 13:11-12 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Wake up, McCalla! Darkness is killing us! Our children will grow up with even darker hearts than we have. Satan and demonic forces have a strong foothold in our community, and if we do nothing about it, the results will be utterly and eternally disastrous. Cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light!

Romans 13:13-14 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

How can you party yourself silly in a field with country-man-superstar when a few miles down the road a woman and two children were murdered in cold blood? Ladies, how can you stare google-eyed at good-looking Luke Bryan when Steve Hutcheson stared google-eyed at his girlfriend after slaughtering his own children?

Don’t you see what darkness does? Don’t you see what life is like apart from Jesus Christ, the Light of the world?

McCalla, Alabama, what are you thinking? What are you doing?

[UPDATE: This post has generated a great deal of feedback. In the next post, I’ve tried to respond to the thoughts of many who agree and disagree with the stance I’ve taken here – McCalla: A Response to Your Feedback]


(Article credit: Carol Robinson — Authorities: McCalla man slaughtered family before all-night party with girlfriend )

13 thoughts on “McCalla, AL: Triple Homicide and Luke Bryan Good-Timers

  1. I feel this was way off base. Are you insinuating that simply going to church makes a person a better person? Do you realize there have been many throughout history who have killed their families who were at church anytime the doors were unlocked? Do you know for fact that this family didn’t attend church or that they weren’t Christians? Are the mom and kids to blame for this man’s actions because they weren’t in church ? By implying that an absence from church is what caused this seems to place blame on them as well. Those innocent babies and the mom were in NO WAY to blame for this and I pray for them everyday!

    Being at church doesn’t make you a Christian. Missing church doesn’t make you evil. You don’t have to be in a church to be christian. You can do that anywhere. Actually, if the only time you live as a Christian is when you are in church, you aren’t a christian at all.

    People handle grief in different ways. Myself; I am a nervous laughter person who deals with things myself and silently. I don’t have to post all my thoughts, fears and major piss-off of the day on Facebook. My FB page would give no one the current status of my inner most thoughts or struggles. In case you haven’t notice the community is concerned and worried about what happened, Some of them, like you have to explain to their kids what happened to their friend or classmates and then answer questions about why people are evil like this man. Maybe they will use it a chance to tell them how bad drugs are and not guilt them into going to church. This is a time to talk to your families, discuss issues and be there for each other. Because they aren’t airing the grief over Facebook for the world to see doesn’t mean they aren’t grieving.

    As far as Luke Bryan is concerned, I know nothing about him (I don’t like Country Music) but a simple google search will show you that he does a lot of charity work and has started a charity where proceeds from his ticket sales go into an account for charity? He is a christian who played music in his church. Do you know that his sister died leaving a son and husband and a few years back the husband died and Luke and his wife took in their nephew? He doesn’t sound like a bad guy at all, honestly he sounds like a decent role model

    Insulting a community and their religious beliefs while also insulting something used as an escape from reality (concert) is probably not the best approach to get new members to your congregation or to convince them to attend a church. I think a better approach would be to offer your church as a place for counseling, refuge, a place to talk, a place to worship. Maybe you could have attended the concert and made new friends who would have visited your church and possibly become new congregants.

    Give the community the credit it deserves, which is a lot. Be grateful for your neighbors and accept them as they are and maybe they will do the same for you.

  2. What in the world is this Article Chastising McCalla? This is not edifying and uplifting. This is condemnation and there is no condemnation in Christ. We are the church. We can change the world. I do not know the people you are talking about but what is in us is greater than what is in the world. Holier than thou is what sends your congregations elsewhere and on their couches on Sunday. How dare you compare the people of McCalla with this evil and claim its because the do not attend church. Many people go to church and i bet this guy did. Do you know if he did not? Church is not the answer except in a Pharisee heart. Jesus traveled and spoke wherever he landed. There is nothing in compare to the blood of Jesus Christ. What is wrong with you to write such things?

    1. AMEN BARBARA!!! How dare he JUDGE ANYONE?? GOD DONT JUDGE!!! WHAT AN IRONIC ARTICLE FROM A PASTOR?????

  3. i appreciate to comments in this article. When my son took his life, my precious, Christian doctor called me. I asked her why? Her comment was satan is more powerful than we give him credit for. That’s the truth, there are powers of darkness all around us.

  4. This is why I don’t go to any church! Everyone I’ve ever been to is so full of judgemental, ignorant, condescending idiots like you!
    I’ll serve my faiths elsewhere, thank you very much!

  5. I’m only commenting on this article to show support for the author. I don’t live in McCalla, but my heart broke when I read the original article detailing the gruesome murders. Mr. Dollar, I understand what your intentions were. I applaud your willingness to stand against the pervasive darkness in our communities, and to call evil by its proper name. It’s a shame that the general public, and even Christians, don’t understand the warning in Matthew about not judging, lest we be judged by the same measure. I will join you in praying for your community, and mine. God bless.

  6. I am certain that all people in McCalla have an opinion about your article, either applauding you or not. As far as Luke Bryan and his concert ,lets ponder that a moment and think, what would Jesus do?
    Not all Christians think alike. Some just have that “holier than thou” attitude even before they became Christians and now that they are, they give a bad name to Christianity. I know some non-Christians who are just as condemning as these “confused” Christians. Some people, Christian or not, are just too judgmental. And some people, Christian and non-Christian alike, hide behind the veil or “righteousness” to hide their flaws.
    When I became a Christian, I accepted the fact that not everyone will not agree with my beliefs. Some people started to disassociate themselves from me because they thought I would start having that “holier than thou” attitude. But I never have and I never will. I’ve never condemned anyone before and I will not start now. Besides, who am I to condemn people? Being a Christian does not make me holier than anyone.
    I have a gay brother and I still love him as much as I did before. I do pray for him, that he will be able to give up this lifestyle, and accept Jesus, but I never accuse him of being sinful. Only God can do that, and even Jesus never condemned anyone. He was the epitome of tolerance and love. He associated with tax collectors, prostitutes, thieves and everyone considered “sinful” by the Pharisees. He taught us to love our enemies, pay our taxes and give to the poor. Jesus’ instruction was simple, spread the Gospel. And what is it all about? That He became man, died for our sins and rose again on the third day. If only every Christian would just stick to this, and not overreach themselves then they would not be confused.

  7. Thank you for speaking truth Mr. Dollar. Not telling us that all we need is to sit in church… but for telling us we all need JESUS. “So many people refuse the only solution to the darkness – a saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.” Col. 1:13-14 Praise the Lord, he has given us a way to escape the darkness. We need Jesus.

  8. Wow! I am overwhelmed with admiration that you Jason Dollar stood up for this community. I will be in church on Sunday.

  9. I dont see why the Luke Bryan concert has anything to do with this & it isn’t until Oct. Which is 3 months away.I was going before I ever heard about this terrible loss and tragedy. So I don’t understand where there should even be any comparison and it having both going to take place in McCalla a coincidence. I am a Brookwood resident. It isn’t very far away, my thoughts and prayers go out to the McCalla community

  10. You can have morals and values while being atheist. Many studies have show. That atheists tend to have stronger values and morals than religious people, especially at the most basic golden rule.

    I live in McCalla. I am an atheist. I live in an atheist household. We do not judge nearly as often as some religious zealots. Stop preaching about conversion. Stop hating your neighbors for not following your faith. Love them. Accept them. That is what prevents them from going down a path of drugs and adultery.

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