The people of Israel have been removed from their land and taken into exile because of their rejection of God and their rebellion against God’s Law. But their punishment is limited. God promises to “restore their fortunes” and return the people to their land and replace what had been lost. The Psalmist also celebrates God’s restoration after release from captivity.
What do these passages teach about God’s forgiveness? How might they challenge our current correctional system and how we treat ex-offenders?
When ex-convicts are released in California, they are given up to $200 (depending upon the length of their incarceration) in what is known as “gate money”. However, they must pay for their own transportation from the prison out of that $200. This is the extent to which we “restore their fortune”. “Gate money” varies from state to state, but few states provide comprehensive re-entry services to ensure that ex-convicts can survive let alone thrive outside of the system.
Consider picking up the phone to contact Representative Danny Davis’ office at 773- 533-7520 to thank him for introducing the Second Chance Reauthorization Act and ask how you can support his efforts to get the bill passed.
We have reached the half-way mark in our Fast for Freedom. What impact has this experience had on you thus far?