Gift Baskets for Criminals

by Nov 27, 2006

“And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.” (Matt 5:40). Here’s a church in Montana that’s putting these words into action:

The congregation of a church vandalized by three young men has invited them to church and is gathering gift baskets for each of them “to reach out and extend love and mercy to them,” an outreach pastor said.

“The judge will give them consequences, but as a congregation we want to reach out and extend love and mercy to them,” said Jason Reimer, a pastor of outreach at the South Hills Evangelical Church. “A lot of us, whether we’re churchgoers or not, have been in their shoes before and have made some bad choices. But God forgives us.”