Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, it has been alleged, freed convicted rapist Wayne Dumond in part because Dumond converted to Christianity. Ace of Spades, who describes himself as a non-believer, asks:
What is this [expletive deleted -- ed.]? Salvation has to do with your soul and the final judgment in the next life. Who decided it should come along with legal benefits in this life as well?
I'm finding this all a little creepy. I understand the injunction to lead a Christ-like life -- but does that apply to using the machinery of government (Caesar's thing, you know) to impose one's Christ-like impulses? Yes, Jesus says forgive, but does that mean that a Christian governor must forgive personally or impose that forgiveness via state action, forcing the public generally to "forgive"?
The same applies to his charitable/compassionate impulses. Is a Christian in elected office required to impose their Christian notions of charity and caring on the people they govern? Despite the fact that in doing so they rob the governed of the ability to show charity or compassion voluntarily?
How would your answer Ace?