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Jonah 3:1-5, 101 Corinthians 7:29-31Mark 1:14-20 How many chances do you think you deserve? How many chances do you get to make things right? The answer is, of course, that it depends on the topic. If you are playing a video game, you can usually restart from wherever you died – of course that’s after you’ve already expended numerous lives.
If you are standing before a judge, it may depend on your prior record, or the judge’s temperament, or how severely you broke the law. In some cases, there are clear racial biases in sentencing. Still, I have to believe that most judges are fair.
In fact, one of my most memorable experiences actually happened in a courtroom. This particular judge dispensed wisdom and compassion along with appropriate sentencing. In one case, he told an enlisted man that – while he respected the man’s desire to serve – driving his sport bike 120mph on the shoulder of the highway to avoid traffic was not a choice that will help him advance in a military career.
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