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From: Forthright Magazine <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 03:50:46 -0700 (PDT)
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COLUMN: REALITY CHECK

Vengeance Not So Sweet
 by Stan Mitchell

"Do not say, 'I will repay evil'; wait for the Lord,
and he will deliver you," (Proverbs 20:22, ESV).

Gang members had beaten Craig's car with baseball bats.
They had also left his teenage son bleeding and
bruised. He seethed with anger as he watched the
doctors operate on his boy.

Then Craig made a mistake. He went home, unlocked his
gun cabinet, and returned to the scene of the crime. He
shot two boys who were wearing gang apparel. Now, Craig
faced trial for murder. His lawyer warned that he might
face life imprisonment ... or worse.

What is the difference between justice and revenge?

These days society's right to execute has become a
bitter debate. Whatever your thoughts on the subject,
remember this: when someone wrongs you, or your family,
whatever justice society offers, there is another
judge, sitting in the universe's Supreme Court who will
ensure that righteousness will take place.

One day the wrongs will be made right, the rights
vindicated. "Vengeance is mine," the Lord has said, "I
will repay" (Romans 12:19).

And in that court there will be no release from
technicalities, no mistrials, and no mistakes. The Lord
will do the right thing.

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