Friday, August 14, 2009

What does the Lord require of you?

The prophet Micah tells us: "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8).

This past week, when I met with my two friends, Pamela and Joy, they discussed the difficulties they were experiencing on the outside. Their frustrations in finding employment were at the top of the list.
  • The time spent in prison did not prepare them for taking care of themselves once they were out.
  • Employers no longer considered them as candidates for jobs.
  • Tax deductions and Federal bonding programs were not recognized by employers as a benefit.
  • They have no place to live because they have no income.
  • They must pay their parole officer a monthly fee - even when they are not working.
Are we acting justly when we refuse to accept an individual's time spent in prison as payment for their offense?

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