A pastor in a small New Hampshire town has taken in a man who killed a child, saying it’s the Christian thing to do. Outraged residents say the ex-con doesn’t deserve a second chance. Today Good Morning America reported on the controversy in Chichester, NH, over Rev. David Pinckney letting Raymond Guay, who killed a 12-year-old boy in 1973, stay in his basement. Guay claims he found Jesus 16 years ago, but the victim’s sister says, “You don’t shoot a little boy in the face and find Jesus. People don’t find Jesus that are capable of doing things like that.” The reverend says people change and the Bible teaches that people should be given second chances. His neighbor, Kim Mitchell, responds, “There are more deserving people to give second chances to. The child that he murdered doesn’t get a second chance. His mom doesn’t get a second chance.”
This is a tough call. Personally, I think that if claimed he has changed then let his actions show it, and they seem to. We can’t judge a person based on a single instant in their life, no matter how horrible it may have been. Some actions are awful, but it happened, and all that can be done now is to trust God in his life and have faith that what God says is true. I really liked the line “if people don’t change, the gospel of Jesus has no merit”.
What are your opinions?
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Re-posted from Margaret @ jezebel.com