Second Chances

As Christians, we are supposed to be about second chances.  Yet are we?  If someone tells you that they are a convict, how do you react?  Do you jump back a bit? do you check for your wallet? Do you look to see if they have a weapon?  Jesus told us that he who is without sin should cast the first stone (John 8:7).  Here is the question: A person is a convict because they were caught.  Unfortunately, the United States has 22% of the world’s prison population. 1 in 4 Americans has a criminal record.  Are we willing to turn our backs on such a big population?  Are we willing to tell this huge group of the United States that we don’t want them in our church? or do we want to start a dialog that all are created equal and that all deserve a second chance?  After all Jesus died to give us all second chances.  The Bible doesn’t say only those that don’t get caught committing sins deserve a second chance.  Because after all, we have all made mistakes, some of us big enough that we could have gone to jail; our crime just wasn’t caught. For example have you ever driven a vehicle when you had been drinking? have you ever shoplifted? Have you ever shot a sign or a mailbox? You can answer honestly, because you are reading this by yourself, only God will hear you. And he is not going to run to the civilian prosecution and say hey, you know so and so, 20 years ago they were so drunk when they were driving. No God is saying that is okay, you have been forgiven because I sent my son. all he asks us is the same- Forgive others as I have forgiven you (Lord’s Prayer) It is called a SECOND CHANCE

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