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Sins vs. Crimes

9 Mar

Sins vs. Crimes

I am reblogging my own piece from Thanksgiving week because twice recently someone has failed to see a connection I made in it.

By virtue of having a child with autism, we have befriended various special needs families in our town and on-line over the years.

Twice lately a special needs person has turned on me after years of receiving my attention and help, leading me to use the line “No good deed goes unpunished” a little more than I usually do!

And to conclude that I need to point out again to our logic-challenged society that when something is a crime, it falls into a different category than a sin.

Most Christians agree that all sins are equally serious. Any one of them would have put the holy Son of God on the cross, where He went to bear the weight of them all.

Not all sins have the exact same consequences, but they all are the same level of serious in God’s eyes.

However, when something crosses the line into being a crime, we have a horse of a whole different color.

What both of the special needs/mentally ill people lashing out at me failed to see (and what their families have to repeat until they get it) is that people who have committed a crime have to earn trust all over again, plus earn the right to be welcomed back into fellowship.

It is not wrong to be concerned about spending time in their presence, especially alone, depending on the nature of the crime.

Quoting me the verse about “perfect love casts out all fear” does not cut it when the person with the criminal record is using that verse to try to bludgeon me into meeting with her privately after an arrest for stalking (someone else, not me).

It is prudent to not meet alone with such a person, not fearful.

And even if it were fearful, that fear might be a sin, but it is not a crime. Stalking is a crime.

Our American criminals seem to have become very sophisticated in sounding like lawyers. They say things that imply that, because we are all fallen human beings and we all make mistakes, even with them, they are allowed to put their crimes on the same level as our failings, making them all morally equivalent.

Not so!

If a person has committed a crime and the first thing out of his or her mouth is the statement that no one has the right to judge . . . the only thing certain is that he or she has not yet taken responsibility in a way that will lead to becoming a productive member of society again.

There is a reason we have the phrase “hardened criminal.” That would be a person who has committed a crime and shows no remorse, still blaming everyone else for his or her own decisions and actions.

Criminals can be reformed socially. They can be saved spiritually. But not by never owning their own actions!

Telling us that someone left out reading them their Miranda rights so they should be allowed to walk around as though nothing had ever happened, insisting that everyone else act that way, too, is . . . well, it is living in a fairytale.

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