“He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” – Micah 6:8 (NIV)
This story really touched me, I guess because it shows believers demonstrating mercy and compassion in a very tangible way. Helping to facilitate opportunities for people in trouble with the law to make it right without fear seems so…oh, I don’t know, biblical?
I think that this is a perfect example of Christian social action. No lobbying or protesting, no forming political action committees, just using our available resources (such as buildings) to promote peace and safety, one life at a time. Fugitive Safe Surrender is a government program, but it seems significant to me that the turnout was so good at church buildings. For the rest of their lives, the fugitives who surrendered themselves will think of church buildings as a place of safety and sanctuary. Isn’t that what we want?