You may perhaps have heard that President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 61 drug offenders — having lunch with several of them — because he felt it was appropriate to give them second chances.
According to Reuters, Obama addressed his reasoning at lunch over a burger this Wednesday.
“It is my strong belief that by exercising these presidential powers, I have the chance to show people what a second chance can look like,” Obama said.
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While he didn’t necessarily criticize Obama’s decision to put 61 drug offenders back on the street, Rev. Franklin Graham thought that the occasion called for talking about the ultimate case of second chances — one that Barack Obama would never be caught dead talking about.
“Yesterday President Obama commuted the prison sentences of 61 drug offenders,” Graham wrote.
“A real second chance for our lives comes only by asking Jesus Christ to forgive our sins and turning to Him in repentance and faith. He alone can wipe the slate clean. That’s the pardon of a lifetime!”
He then quoted 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Graham’s decision to highlight a definition of second chances that Barack Obama would almost never enumerate drew some criticism from Facebook users, but a lot of praise. It was liked over 35,000 times on Facebook and shared another 9,500 times.
It’s worth pointing out that Obama almost never talks about that other second chance — the saving grace of Jesus Christ. You would think, on an occasion like this, that would be one of the first things he would reach for.
We all need the second chance that Jesus gives us in our lives — whether a drug offender or the president of the United States. Please like and share on Facebook and Twitter if you agree.
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