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An Interesting Parable

Posted by revkharma on November 14, 2008

The following is lifted directly from a wonderful site, Head-dibs, published by an actual and quite effective minister. A friend I’ve known for years who I am certain regularly prays for and worries over my salvation. (Don’t EVER stop, please!)  James is a man of deep faith and a powerful mind, gifts from God he gladly shares with all of us. Please read this, follow the link and read his entire blog.

Case Study in Justice

The story is told of a man who was caught stealing a loaf of bread. When the judge investigated he found that the man had no job, could not get work and since his family was hungry, he felt he needed to steal the loaf of bread.

The judge told the man, “I’m sorry, but the law can make no exceptions. You stole, therefore I have to punish you. I have to assess a fine of ten dollars.” As he said this, the judge reached into his pocket, pulled out a ten dollar bill and handed it to the man. “I want to pay the fine myself,” the judge said.

As the man took the money, the judge added, “Now, I also want to remit the fine.” This means the judge laid the fine aside. He released the man from the guilt or penalty of the fine, which means the man could keep the money.

“Furthermore,” the judge said, “I am going to instruct the bailiff to pass around a hat to everyone in this courtroom, and I am fining everybody in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a city where a man has to steal in order to have bread to eat.”

When the money was collected he gave it to the defendant.

What are your thoughts about the point of this story?

As always,
Keep The Faith!
The Rev

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