Let me get this straight.
Pro football quarterback, Michael Vick, served 18 months in prison for dog fighting ...
Former Super Bowl star, Plaxico Burress was sentenced to 2 years in prison for shooting himself in the leg...
Lybian terrorist, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who killed 270 innocent people in the 1988 bombing of the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, has been released from prison after serving 8 years of a life sentence...
Daily news dispatches are full of strange stories of various court decisions, and sometimes total miscarriages of justice. None of them, however, come close to the travesty of yesterday's decision by Scottish authorities to grant "compassion release" to the above mentioned mass murderer from Lybia.
The former Lybian agent spent roughly 11 days in prison for the stolen lives of each of his victims.
Now, with terminal prostate cancer, his life sentence has been nullified and he can go back to Lybia (to a hero's welcome) to die at home.
You be the judge.
Some court judgments seem fair. Others appear to be ridiculous. One thing, however, is sure. There is a Judge, the Creator of the universe, whose judgments are always correct. This Sovereign One has decreed all natural and spiritual laws and He applies all of them fairly. The scriptures tell us that it is appointed unto man, "once to die, but after this, the judgment".
One of those dual laws is the law of sowing and reaping.
On the natural side, we all understand this law. If you plant corn in the spring, you naturally plan to pull ears of corn from the stalk, come harvest time. No one expects to pick oranges off bean vines, do they? Of course not. Naturally we expect to reap what we have sown.
Same thing goes on the spiritual side. The Bible puts it this way:
"Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit." Galatians 6:7-8 (HCSB)
What are you sowing in your life?
Due to our sinful nature, each of us have been sentenced to eternal separation from a Holy God.
If you are depending upon your own righteousness, to get you a suspended sentence, or time off for good behavior, don't be deceived. It doesn't work that way with the righteous judge.
God's advice to you is "sow to the Spirit". How? By trusting in the one who came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (that is each of us).
That is where the only true "compassionate release" can be found - now and for eternity.