Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Redemption, But Not By the State

A liberal mugged by reality | Power Line:

The picture of prominent MN Democrat Mark Andrew in the linked article is a strong reminder that outsourcing good works to the state may make a lot of well off folks feel better about themselves, it does nothing to heal the souls of their adopted wards.

I find the following paragraph quite haunting:
“They’re damaged kids, and maybe they’re too far gone, but I think there’s redemption for everybody,” he said. “So we’ll try to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around.” Prison would be perfect.
Indeed Mark, as are you, I, and "every one" in the words of Tiny Tim. Which is precisely why Christ came to the world to provide that redemption on the first Christmas, and died on a cross between two "damaged kids" that had "gone too far". One of the thieves beside him found that redemption, right there on his cross. 

No matter how much of other folks money and time Mark and his cohorts spend trying "to find a way for them to get in a place where they can turn their lives around", the issue is not a place, but a person. The person of Jesus Christ. 

Apart from Christ, there is no redemption, only further sorrow and violence. Were that not the case, the policies of the left would have made this into heaven on earth trillions of dollars ago. 
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