Sunday, March 1, 2009

A bit of compassion, is it wrong?

Today I had a difficult time focusing on my usual Sunday to do list. I usually have a rhythm that I stick to and it flows until I've realized that it's almost time to go and feel a bit relieved that I came very close to completing it. Sundays are the days where all the important people are off and I can catch up, review, update and look forward to Monday's rush.

But this morning I was watching an interview of a young man who had committed an armed robbery and it sadden me to hear his reasoning. He had what you would call a rough upbringing; no role models and a lack of parenting. At the age of 20 he is now a father himself and it appears that his child will experience some of what he went through as well.

I don't know what his sentencing will be, but am I wrong to feel some compassion for him? For his child whose father will have a criminal record? For our youth who are making decisions that are going to affect the rest of their lives? Although I never committed any criminal acts, I do have some regrets about the decisions I made at 20, and in my thirties for that matter.

I know it's a mixed emotion filled question.... If we give them another chance, the victim may not be so lucky as to survive and if we punish them on the first round, our society will be filled with young men who leave behind young children because they made a split decision without any regards for tomorrow's outcome.

I don't know, maybe I'm just feeling this way because I've never had a gun stuck in my face and a stranger demanding that I turn over everything I have. Please forgive me if you were a victim of a crime and you were tramatized as a result. I do know what side of the Law I serve, but being as though Christ forgave all of my sins; I think HIS forgiveness has spilled over into my professional life....


Scott said...

In my opinion it's not wrong. just don't let it cloud your judgement.

Our job is that of a fact finder. You can still have compassion for a fellow human being no matter what situation he finds him or her self in.

But it's up to the jurists to determine where to let that compassion fall.

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Thank you for you visit Scott. I'm excited about reading your blog and have added to my links. I know who I serve and I take that oath very seriously as I'm sure you do. Thanks for protecting the citizens in VA and I also see that we both love dogs via the picture you have on the wall in your profile. Be safe in your duties and keep up the great work!

Love, peace and blessings from DC.

Stacye said...

Your compassion just speaks of who you are, no matter the occupation.


A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Simply put, I love it Stacye. You make my heart smile!

SLC said...

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
Jude 1:21-23 KJV

SLC said...

Balance. You have it, because you can still feel compassion. Besides, you're not robocop, you're my sister.

Love ya sis.


A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Thank you SLC, I love it. You're right, I have just the right combination, BALANCE! Also, I know whom I SERVE!

Love ya!

A Lady's Life said...

life is about making choices.
At school they go by the first punch rule.
The one who put in the first punch, even if he's right he's wrong. Until the first punch is made he has a choice to make.One of the choices would be the right one,not to punch, and one the wrong.
Self defense is ok.
If the person didn't care enough about his family then how is his running wild doing crime going to help?It just causes more harm to other innocent people.Before you can love another person, you must first love yourself. People who commit crimes do not love themselves.