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Criminal Justice Worldview Reform

Governor-elect Bill Lee and various state legislative leaders want to work on criminal justice reform, but real reform will require a change in worldview.

For example, over the centuries, the emphasis in criminal law has shifted from vindication of the victim through restitution and financial penalties paid to the victim to vindication of the law itself, a “crime” against the body politic. That’s why, today, we say the criminal released from prison has “paid his debt to society.”

But what about the debt owed the actual victim? Moreover, too many in the field of criminal justice believe that the criminal’s circumstances, not sin, is the problem. Thus, we now refer to prisons as “facilities” in our “correctional system” as if that system can “correct” a person’s heart.

Worldview shapes the way we look at everything, including criminal justice reform.

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How to Pray for Bill Lee

The Apostle Paul reminds us to pray for those in authority, and so we should. But often we don’t know if there is something specific for which we should be praying. That’s particularly true at the state level and particularly when the Legislature is not even in session.

But our governor-elect, Bill Lee, is right now making some of the most important decisions he will have to make—the selection of 23 individuals who will serve in his cabinet and those five or six persons who will be on his personal staff, such as his policy advisory, chief of staff, and legal counsel. These people will have significant and sometimes even determinative effect on Mr. Lee’s policy decisions.

So, join us in praying he will surround himself with those who reverence God and faithfully seek God’s wisdom.

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Don’t Separate Thanks From the Giver

Thanksgiving, for many, is just a time for friends and good food. For others, it’s a time to be thankful for all the things we enjoy, beyond the food on our table and friends, more basic things like shelter, clothing, and income that allow us to get along in this life.

And we should be thankful. But the real question is to whom is that thanks due?

In Romans 11:36, Paul tells us that all things come from God and through God and are for God, so we dare not separate our thanks from the true Source of that for which we give thanks.

But especially we should not separate our thanks from Jesus Christ, the God-man, who reconciled us to God that we might know our Heavenly Father from whom these good gifts are given.

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Bridging the Partisan Divide

With the election over, many want to know if Democrats and Republicans will be willing to “work across the aisle” with each other.

However, biblically speaking, the real divide in politics is not party label or any other external thing like race or economic status, but whether one politician is still bowing before the world, the flesh, and the devil and the other has bowed the knee to Jesus as Lord of all.

When our basis for unity in and allegiance to Christ becomes more important than partisan unity and allegiance, when the proclamation and advance of God’s Kingdom is more important than touting and building a partisan community, when God’s Word becomes the foundation for our policy “platform” and Christians elect politicians on that basis, then working across the political aisle won’t be such an important question.

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A Christian Response to Election Results

The election is over and now pundits have begun to debate what will happen in the coming weeks and after the new Congress is sworn in.

For many, election results produce feelings either of hope or discouragement. But the Christian’s confidence about the future does not rest in any political party, because no election can change nor thwart God’s eternal purposes, which were established before the very foundations of the world were laid.

That is why Isaiah was able to confidently say, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

So, the Christian’s response to the election should be to heed the Apostle Paul’s exhortation to pray for those “in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.”

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