Laying Down the Law

The following story came across my Google News Reader this afternoon:

– A Singaporean judge sentenced a man to four months in jail for stealing a Bible, admonishing him with Scripture before hauling him off to prison, The Straits Times newspaper reported Wednesday.District judge Bala Reddy also gave a new Bible to the 26-year-old thief, who said he had tried to steal the book from a bookshop last month because he wanted to replace his old, tattered copy.At the Tuesday sentencing, the judge told the defendant — who has previous convictions for theft — to open his gift.”You will see at page 65 that it says “Thou shalt not steal. While you are in prison, sit in prison and read the Bible, and ensure that you don’t come before the courts again,” Reddy said.

Can you see an American judge presenting a defendant with a Bible at his sentencing, and telling him to read it while he is in prison so that he doesn’t come before the courts again?
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Happily married. Blessed to raise three young men. Associate pastor of Rodgers Baptist Church.
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One Response to Laying Down the Law

  1. Fresh Dirt says:

    More evidence to me that other nations must rise to fill the void that has been left by our nation. We’ve had plenty of “Christian” presidents, congressmen, and judges on both sides of the aisle over the past 30+ years and yet they do not seem to be able to lead in a Christian way. It is a major blessing to know that at least one judge in Singapore gets it and perhaps one day that whole nation and others.

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