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Vengeance is Mine, I Will Repay, Says the Lord

Why is this so hard for me to believe?  Why do we think that if we could mete out the punishment to certain offenders, that our way would work better?  Even though God gave us the 10 Commandments, he didn't always describe the punishment in enough detail to cover those of us who violate them in 2007, when accompanied by our defense lawyer.  Hipocracy is on exhibit in so many places in our world and yet Jesus challenges us to not be like the Pharisees.  Just recently, a friend who has been on many mission trips was talking about how he thought things would be different if our leaders would just experience some of what he had seen in the villages of Thailand where the sex slave industry is estimated to be 12% to 15% of that country's GDP. 

So... with neither malice nor vengeance in mind, here are some thoughts on problem solving and some human thoughts about justice:

1.   Every elected US Senator; member of the House of Representatives; member of the Cabinet; and the President and Vice President must enlist at least one of their children, grandchildren, or closest relatives who is between the ages of 18 and 30 to be part of the military.  It seems like our wars might end sooner.

2.   Anyone who approves a foreign aid bill to an African country must drive themselves from Nairobi to Mombassa to see what happened with moneys previously approved to build that road.

3.   If your hedge fund owned subprime mortgages that just foreclosed on Katrina victims, you must go and occupy the homes that were foreclosed during the rest of the hurricane season.

4.  If you are guilty of dog fighting, the pit bulls get first rights to sentencing.  (actually, they would be more forgiving than any of us)

5.  Before you get angry and throw a golf club after a bad shot or a bad hole, spend a week in a mud hut in Kenya with a family of orphans who have all lost their parents to HIV AIDS (that one's for me)

6.   For each complaint parents have about the school system, they get to volunteer for a day and experience the school day up close and personal as a teachers aid.

The more I think about it, I am so glad that Jesus instructed us to not be in the business of vengeance.  This is really hard work and these ideas probably wouldn't work anyway.  You can feel free to send me some of your solutions if you would like to help God out with his justice system.

Hebrews 10:30 says, "For we know him who said, 'Vengeance is mine I will repay'.  And again, 'The Lord will judge his people'.  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." 

I do fear falling into the hands of the living God!


Sent August 20, 2007

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