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CLARITY – 8-29-18 “Righteous” Indignation


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-29-18

“Righteous” Indignation


What’s Happening:  “A dad of one of the former youth pastor’s victims punched out the guilty  pedophile in a courtroom and is being hailed as a hero by many. Kevin Smith fairly flew across the courtroom to land a punch on Donald Courtney Biggs, 40, as he sat behind the defense table at a sentencing hearing where he listened to two hours of victims’ testimony ( Quoting an article by Cillian Zeal, ‘Biggs, a former Youth Pastor at Mountain Christian Fellowship, had pleaded guilty to one count of transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity with a minor, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s office for Oregon.’”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’ll bet Mr. Smith’s only regret is that he couldn’t carry a gun into the courtroom!”


Biblical Response:  “Probably. I may have acted the same, so it’s hard to throw stones. Still, the Lord does say: ‘Vengeance is mine. I will repay’ (Deut. 32:35, Rom. 12:19; Heb. 10:30). And I would surely not want to get in the way of His justice. Some might, indeed, argue that Mr. Smith was a part of that vengeance. Perhaps. One thing’s for sure, God takes a dim view of claiming to be a minister and using that title of trust to take advantage of others. Maybe Biggs has confessed before God and received forgiveness..if not…of course, there is temporal consequence (prison…punching) and eternal consequence – the imprisonment sand punching are hardly worth mentioning.”


Christians? We are called to exhibit self control (Gal 5:22-23). Trusting in our justice system may be frustrating, but we should trust in God’s ultimate justice. He is quite able to exact justice where it might appear no punishment is sufficient.”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to only and always trust in You; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”


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