As I write I am reading through Job. I am finding that I am old enough to read and benefit from things that put me to sleep years ago.
I came across one of those verses that seem to speak wisdom without adulteration. I am not willing to make doctrinal points out of them. These types of verses are usually taken out of context. They just seem to sit up and say, “Look at me.”
(Job 11:12 NAS77) "And an idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.You have heard such statements as “When Hell freezes over” and “a snowballs chance in Hell.” Here I give you a similar statement that would be suitable of G rated audiences.
Many candidates come to mind when I look at this verse. I think the category of “idiot” is wide.
When I get a little more serious about this I would extend it to other types of people. I would suggest that child molesters can not be changed. They might repent and be genuinely sorry but I don’t think they can get over the brokenness in their inner being. I would accept that God’s grace can work the miracle but I don’t think we as a society can count on them being honest about it. Serial killers would be in the same category. Ted Bundy comes to mind. I listened to an interview that he gave Jim Dobson. I believe that he was genuinely redeemed by the blood of the lamb. He said that in spite of that he deserved to die. I salute him for that.
We are to love. We are to forgive. We are not to be fools. There is a reason the Bible has a death penalty. We should consider that we are also to love the people who stand to be damaged by people that we want to go soft on.
Love may forgive but it does not condone and enable.
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