I’ve got a lot of things I want to say about unconditional forgiveness and restorative justice, but this is much in the same vein.
Acts 20:28-30 ESV (28) Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. (29) I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; (30) and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them.
Years ago when I was a brand new sheriff’s deputy, I was assigned to guard a prisoner in a hospital. In a fit, he had smashed his hand into a concrete wall at the jail and had to have surgery. He later, in another tantrum, pulled the surgical wiring out and the surgeon told him he was just going to have to live with a crippled hand!
While I was guarding him, we handcuffed him…
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