Sunday, November 26, 2006

Les Miserable in Real Life

I just read an article from the BBC that recorded some vandalism in a Montana church. The vandals were three youths who "stole money, smashed computers and windows." When they were caught, the youth had marijuana and pipes on their persons, were charged with the crimes, and may face a jail sentence. However, the church, modeling forgiveness, collected funds to buy "love baskets" for the youth. Several hundred dollars worth of gift cards, Xboxes and controllers, a DVD and a VCR were collected and are to be given to the youth.

As was quoted in the article, many of us have walked similar paths and, yet, have experienced the grace of God. The church in this article reminds me of the bishop that gives Jean val Jean the silver val Jean attempts to steal; this church has modeled the forgiveness God gives to us. As the pastor from Montana has said, "We hope that these gifts help to keep these kids off of the street," let us hope that the grace God grants us keeps us from the temptations to darker places in our own lives.

2 comments:

Ben Finger said...

I think this is a great example of Christian love and hospitality. Not only is Christ shown in forgiving, yet not forgetting the role of justice, but we go beyond forgiving to giving. I can only imagine how there hearts may experience conviction by being the recipient of love. May it be so that as they receive love they may come to know the one who is love and also that they may come to live love.

billy said...

Yeah....I read about this story, a wonderful and moving testimony to the beauty of love and mercy...kind of like the Amish folks' response to the evil that befell them....it reminds me of that wonderful passage in Acts 17 where Paul says "he hasn't left himself without a witness in any generation"-the signs of God's goodness are always there.....