That is not right.
Yet another example of money winning and what is right being ignored.
These thoughts and more have flooded my brain since the verdict for 16 year-old who killed our friend B.J. and 3 others was sentenced to 10 years probation. The kid was drunk (3 times the legal limit if he was over 21), speeding in a truck packed with other teens. B.J. and 2 others were trying to help a stranded motorist. B.J. was doing the right thing. The teenager on the other had was out for a good time. This was not the boy’s first alcohol related offense. Yet somehow last week the judge felt it was better to give this “poor” little rich boy 10 years probation. Somehow lack of structure, money and poor parenting had absolved this kid from responsibility for his actions. Meanwhile in neighboring Parker County a woman caught stealing tools got 70 years. She is a habitual thief. However the sentence just seemed obsessive compared to the light sentence the kid received.
As I was trying to process the outcomes of these two cases. Thoughts of the unfairness and cries for justices swirled though my head. It was absolutely unthinkable that somehow a teen who killed 4 people could get off just because he had money. At the same time someone without money got a harsh sentence. Neither was innocent. Neither got what they deserved. One thought that kept lingering was that the kid didn’t get what he deserved. There was no justice. The kid should get the sentence he deserved.
As I was praying and processing my emotions, I realized that I didn’t get what I deserved either. You see just like the kid I too am a sinner.
22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Romans 3:22-24, ESV
Maybe my recklessness hasn’t caused another’s death but I have my own issues. I was upset at the injustice of the situation. It was as if I had forgotten that I have no righteousness on my own. In reality, I’m no better that the kid.
9 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, 10 as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
11 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
12 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.” Romans 3:9-12, ESV
Maybe in my eye’s the things I’ve done aren’t as bad. But any unrighteousness separates me from God. Sin is sin and I deserve death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23, ESV
Yet for some reason God saw value and something redeemable in me. God is able to look past all of my weakness and mess-ups. God was not only willing to forgive me He devised a plan for my redemption. Christ came to bring sinners like me redemption, hope and a future.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17. ESV