Judging with Love

It was reported in various newspapers that a North Carolina judge sentenced a U.S. veteran to a night in jail for a probation violation and then joined him behind bars.

Joseph Serna did four combat tours in Afghanistan, where he was almost killed three times. Since his return to the U.S., Serna has been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Judge Lou Olivera, who served in the Gulf War, drove Serna to the jail in a neighbouring county. Serna was trembling when he turned himself in. The judge decided then and there that he would spend the night serving with Serna.

Judge Lou Olivera did exactly what God told those who are given judicial authority to do.

You should never consider yourselves entitled to throw the whole world into turmoil; you should by no means use pressure to exert your authority but act as wise and charitable judges, so that one day your actions will be rewarded with leniency and wisdom, because judge not so that you will not be judged. (The Word of God, Proclamation 0665

Try to reform people, then you will exercise the judicial office according to My meaning, and not that you impose inhumanly cruel punishments on them which will never be a blessing for you, neither in this nor in the other world. (The Word of God, Proclamation 0665)

Judge Lou Olivera may or may not be a Christian, but he carries out his duties with love. He shows us by example what it means to be a true Christian.

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