“True Biblical Restorative Justice, And Tax Free !!!”
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“True Biblical Restorative Justice, And Tax Free !!!”
I am in hopes that in this and the next few articles presented as in a series, I will be able to share and help all of America to understand as well as begin implementing the return of our nation to common sense through Biblical principles. All of the articles will include Bible Scripture quotes to reinforce each area discussed. I pray that not only the “common man” will benefit from these articles but also that of Legislators, those of the Executive Branch and all in the Judiciary will pay close attention to these principles as well. I cannot think of any time in our nation's history other than right now, that we need the Lord Jesus Christ and His help for “We The People.”
In case you were unaware, the USA has more laws on the books of all the nations in the world yet, we also have the most incarcerated. Many Americans are under control of probation, parole and other types of supervision throughout the U.S., State and of local Governments law enforcement agencies. Statistics via the U.S Bureau Justice Statisticshttp://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=2237
specifically shows us that;
- “About 7 in 10 persons under the supervision of adult correctional systems were supervised in the community (4,887,900) on probation or parole at year end 2010, while about 3 in 10 were incarcerated (2,266,800) in local jails or in the custody of state or federal prisons.
With so many Americans increasingly participating in illegal activities, we must take a real and honest look not only at these persons committing the criminal acts but also at the judicial system which punishes people for laws broken and any“illegal infractions” made. Stating as such, let's now have a short overview of American law and it's origination shall we ? We know, and all should be keenly aware that the origination of our nation's laws were designed to have minimal intrusion but at the same time guarantee protection of all it's citizenry from those that would go astray from common law and do us harm. Most of you understanding and probably agree with me with this precept of early American History, we can also most probably also agree that our nation's laws have become a facade for what they were originally intended. They have become a false or fake representation of what our American Founding Fathers presented to us as what was best for the “government of the people.” It would seem that many of our current laws in the USA are no longer designed to protect us but rather they are designed solely for the purpose of the class of profiteering elites such as government officials, judges, lawyers, police officers, and their special interest groups. I believe an appropriate example of such laws passed and utilized for profit gained for these elitists are Traffic Laws. Here, we see that laws that were originally designed so that government agents could be hired to guard our roads and highways In reality however have become “punishment for profit”laws. These laws are solely designed for a financial reward incentives for these elitists previously mentioned. Traffic “tickets” often carry a mandatory fine for the local government/court where the infraction was made plus there is often a mandatory “surcharge”(TAX!) for the state level elitists as well. Many government officials willingly admit to, and without shame utilize traffic law “offenses” to raise revenue for themselves. A local or state government is low on cash ? No problem.... just send the cops out to “catch” people “violating” alleged Traffic Violations. How about this one; were you aware that in New York State and in other states, for every “guilty” plea in Traffic Court, the judge presiding over that court receives a “fee.” I call that coercive justice, others may call it “the law”- you choose the wording you like.
Perhaps placing enough blame here in the article against our government and the many unfair practices of the government elitists, let us not refrain from also taking time now to look within ourselves and see how we also contribute to violating laws that we know are only designed for our benefit(there are some yet still). For not all laws exist to profit a special class of people in the USA, some laws were actually designed to help guide us and truly keep us safe from evilists. Thesecertain laws (that I believe most of you will agree with and that) were looked to as the foundation for all our laws by the Founding Fathers; they are called The Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5;1-17). Those are laws we should all abide in.... after all, I don't really think any of us should be involved with murder, adultery, lying, cheating stealing and all the rest of what the Bible declares as evil do you ? Again, our American Founding Fathers knew that the Bible, that is; Biblical principles are what gives us freedom as well as the blessings in following them. These men who wrote our earliest American documents were also keenly aware of the curses associated with not following those Biblical precepts as we can see from James Madison's quote; hear
t“ We’ve staked our future on our ability to follow the Ten Commandments with all of our heart. We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We’ve staked the future of all our political institutions upon our capacity… to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” [1778 to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia].
Our Republic was made so that there would be fair and Godly justice dispensed and those who violated those laws would be given fair justice. Today, we can see that it is not only our government agents who willingly violate Godly precepts, there are many in the USA who also willingly violate God's mandate to follow His plan for our lives and our nation. We need to restore our own lives and our American Government back to what our very own U.S. Founding Fathers envisioned for our nation and that is to place the God of the Bible at the helm of our nation, families and personal lives so that there may be a clear understanding that following God in all areas brings happiness, blessings and avoids God's wrath upon our nation.
To the degree of true restorative justice, we need first to take the personal responsible act of repentance before Jesus Christ for sinning and turning away from Him and following our own selfish desires. Every American, rich, poor, elitist and other needs to abide in repentance-you cannot purchase or bribe your way with God. Repentance for all is step number 1, the second step is that we need to corporately as a nation, a a society and as a people do the same. This means our leaders must take affirmative action in coming before God and making a change not only in their own personal lives, but also in their man-made laws they have allowed to violate God's precepts and principles. Thirdly, and perhaps lastly, those leaders in our government, churches, anywhere that hold authoritative position over us who refuse to repent, must be removed. One cannot Biblically restore a nation of people without the total removal of evil. 2Chronicles 7:14 states " if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. “ Upon this last Bible verse quoted in this paragraph plus the faith combined upon the finishing work that Jesus Christ did upon the cross at Calvary is what America needs now. Always has been, and always will be what America and the world needs. We as a people and a nation have drifted far left of God's righteousness and His ways. Justice and government is often corrupted in America and an increasing number of us, sadly, ourselves stand on the wrong side of God. Justice will return to us as we repent and honor God in our lives and nation once again.
Every bible believing Pastor, every Bible believing Christian has the ability today to do what the Bible declares. Each Bible believing Christian has the ability to teach Godly precepts and principles to others, especially in America with so many Christian resources such as Bibles, teaching books, CD's, DVD;s, and many other resources available to us. These resources are not “treasures to keep to our selves”, they are to help others. The Bible declares in Proverbs 27:17 “ Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.
“ Every church in the USA should have an outreach ministry to arrested, incarcerated men and women across our land. The vast majority of people incarcerated are not first time offenders, rather they are multiple arrestee's who very often also come from fatherless and parent-less homes themselves; http://capaassociation.org/newsletter_N009/Articles/FatherFactor.htm
- “Approximately 70 percent of men in prison come from fatherless homes.Additionally, 85 percent of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes “
There is a need for Christians not only in the jails to teach and mentor men and woman Biblical precepts, there is also a need for that connection to a local body of believers in Jesus Christ to government leaders as well as the incarcerated. As the United States Government spends billions of tax payers money on wasted government programs that provide little in the way of stopping jail recidivism, the correct and only taxpayer FREE program that is tested and proven reliable time after time is a person restored Biblically.
To see a person wholly restored through Jesus Christ is one of the most beautiful acts you can ever witness. I have seen where Biblical Christians have acted as a sort of mediator between a criminal and his or her victim to see genuine repentance and lives restored. They understand and are convinced the same Jesus that lives in them also will deliver life to a person who is spiritually and emotionally dead...
2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation."
For some of you reading this article perhaps you are thinking this is some sort of political liberal “get out of jail free card” or being “easy on criminals”, it is neither. What I am sharing does not reduce a jail or prison sentence nor does it enable a convicted criminal to commit more crime or re-harm their victim. What I am sharing is mostly contingent upon a government agent, convicted criminal’s or our very own heart; whether they or we are truly sorry and also wishing to make right to a victim what has been done wrong. Some victims will never accept repentance from an offender at any stage and that is their right to do so but many victims do want to see their own lives restored after being violated and will receive a truly repentant offender's true cry for mercy and forgiveness. For a victim, true repentance can certainly help in the healing process as well as likely prevent a convicted criminal from re-arrest and incarceration. It's a win-win for everyone involved when there is Biblical justice applied.
To my fellow Americans, we stand at the crossroads of either further cultural disintegration or returning to what our American founding fathers knew worked best. Which would you rather have, continued incarceration and an upsurge in crimes in America coupled by our government participation in the wicked cash making and spending business at our freedom's expense ? or would you rather follow the Bible, and see our freedoms restored ? Personally, I will take the Biblical way every chance I can get.
Isaiah 61:8 "For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity. In my faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Pastor Paul Waldmiller~Black Robe Regiment Pastor