“For with the judgment you make you will be judged.” Matthew 7:2
I am disappointed in our legal system. Somewhere along the way we have decided that retribution is the only answer to any problem. We have filled up our prisons and instead of seeking why we simply want to build more.
How can we say a thirteen, fifteen or sixteen year old is an adult in our justice system when he is not an adult anywhere else? We don’t allow teens to vote, to own property, to decide on his/her own about attending school, but suddenly they are adults when it comes to the judicial system.
Pray with me for a society that so easily gives up on its young.
I received the above e-mail from the pastor of the St. Luke Methodist Church where my wife is a member. I am not a member because I do not want impose my radical behavior on peaceful people. The manner I interrupt the word of God is not as they. I believe the Reverend is right on with his obervations upon what is happening here in Tupelo.
It is my belief he was awakened by two recent incidents that involve youngsters here in Tupelo. This issue is far extended beyond these two deplorable incidents. The links have been taken down
Please follow my experience of last summer. I was in the Lee County Justice center last July at the request of a friend. Before my friend arrived to appear before the judge, a young lady that I knew briefly came into the courtroom in handcuffs attached to a chain around her waist and in leg chains. She had no advocate. She was found by the court to be in violation of some parole. I had no idea what happened to her at that time. I did write a letter to the judge. I received a very nice reply saying she was confused on how to enforce these laws coming from our legislature.
Later I found a little more about the charges against the lady. She was charged will possession of precursors and conspiracy to manufacture meth. (I cannot spell the whole word). This lady had three children and was sent to Flowood prison.
Approximately 52,000 adults live in Lee County and about 6,000 teenagers I will bet a bigger percentage of the teenagers understand the charges I posted than the adults.
The Reverend is right on with his statement but we must go much further. This dilemma is spiritual. Prayer is the answer. Trying to keep drugs from potentially addictive people creates this problem. We mortals see a spiritual problem, then we think it to be secular so we ask the Pharisees (legislatures) to correct the problem, of course they cannot. Then comes the more harsh punishment. If we get the punishment we will correct the problem. It is like eating cornbread and molasses. They come out them same until you get full.
This reminds me from this passage fin the Bible.
John 8 (King James Version)
- Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
- And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.
- And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst
- They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
- Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
- This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
- So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
- And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
- And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
- When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
- She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
This statement in the text should be considered by all, “ beginning at the eldest”
Do you think this lady-committed adultery again, I think not. How be it then, though the Love of Jesus Christ, because He is Love.