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Thisi week’si discussioni posti providesi ani opportunityi toi thinki throughi whati Godi reallyi
meansi abouti justicei andi howi wei arei toi seeki it.i i Thei propheti Micahi recordsi thati therei
arei actionsi thati thei Lordi wouldi likei toi seei Hisi peoplei carryout.i i “Toi acti justlyi andi toi
lovei mercyi andi toi walki humblyi withi youri God”i (Micahi 6:8,i NIV).[1]i Fromi thei beginningi
ofi thei reading,i thei wayi thei topici ofi sini versusi crimei wasi discussedi wasi helpfuli asi iti
puti intoi wordsi thoughtsi thati Ii havei contemplated.i i Ii consideri myselfi toi bei ai
compassionatei personi whoi feelsi thei emotionsi ofi anotheri andi thereforei cani
empathizei withi thei decisioni thati wasi made.i i However,i thisi doesi noti comei withouti thei
cleari distinctioni thati whilei Ii understand,i Ii doi noti supporti thei choice.i i Ratheri Ii looki ati
ouri choicesini thisi postsi casei disobediencei toi thei lawi ofi drugi possessioni asi
opportunitiesi toi changei directionsi andi capitalizei oni thei gifti ofi beingi ablei toi makei ai
“responsiblei choice.”[2]i i i Asi ai Christian,i myi rolei isi alwaysi toi lovei andi reconcilei thisi isi
myi ministryi giveni toi mei throughi myi relationshipi withi Christi (2i Cori 5:18,i NIV).i i
Reconciliation,i rehabilitation,i andi repentancei goi hand-in-hand.i i Makingi changei isi
repentancei andi changei thati isi towardsi thei personhoodi ofi Christi sanctificationi takesi
placei andi peacei cani bei found.i i “Repent,i then,i andi turni toi God,i soi thati youri sinsi mayi
bei wipedi out,i thati timesi ofi refreshingi mayi comei fromi thei Lord”i (Actsi 3:19,i NIV).i i
Thoughi ouri governmentali systemsi havei hugelyi lefti behindi thei concepti ofi
rehabilitation[3]i iti isi thei honori ofi thei Christiani toi enteri intoi thei livesi andi bei ai
facilitatori ofi Hisi lovei andi mercy.i i However,i thisi isi alli speakingi ofi helpi afteri thati crimei
hasi occurredi iti isi thosei whoi knowi andi havei ai relationshipi withi God,i throughi Jesus,i
andi withi thei presencei ofi thei Holyi Spiriti thati cani heari thei voicei ofi wisdom’si guidance.i
i “Whetheri youi turni toi thei righti ori thei left,i youri earsi willi heari ai voicei behindi youi saying,i
“Thisi isi thei way,i walki ini it”i (Isaiahi 30:21.i NIV).i i Toi “faithfullyi teachi God’si holyi
standardsi andi God’si holyi judgement”i mighti bei thei “greatesti contributioni thei
Christiani andi thei churchi cani makei towardsi deterrence.”[4]i i Iti isi throughi thei acti ofi
teachingi howi toi livei ai righteousi lifei throughi solidi biblicali teachingi isi ai wayi toi lovei
onei anotheri andi passi oni faith.[5]
[1]i Unlessi otherwisei notedi alli biblicali referencesi arei ini thei Newi Internationali Version.i
[2]i Roberti McQuilkini andi Pauli Copan,i Ani Introductioni toi Biblicali Ethics:i Walkingi ini thei
Wayi ofi Wisdomi (Downersi Grove,i IL:i InterVarsityi Pressi Academic,i 2013),i 430.
[3]i Ibid.,i 432.
[4]i Ibid.,i 442.
[5]i Toddi Wilsoni andi Geraldi Hiestand.i Becomingi ai Pastori Theologian:i Newi Possibilitiesi
fori Churchi Leadership.i (Illinois:i InterVarsityi Pressi Academic,i 2016),i 188.
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Bibliography
McQuilkin,i Roberti andi Pauli Copan.i Ani Introductioni toi Biblicali Ethics:i Walkingi ini thei
Wayi ofi Wisdom.i Downersi Grove,i IL:i InterVarsityi Pressi Academic,i 2013.
Wilson,i Toddi andi Geraldi Hiestand.i Becomingi ai Pastori Theologian:i Newi Possibilitiesi
fori Churchi Leadership.i Illinois:i InterVarsityi Pressi Academic,i 2016.
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