Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated conservative radio talk-show host who was a big supporter of Ted Cruz during the Republican presidential primaries. I used to be a big fan of Mr. Deace. However, I lost a lot of respect for him after reading the remarks he made about Donald Trump following the airing of an 11-year-old tape in which Trump made crude and sexually aggressive remarks about women and subsequent complaints that surfaced from several women who accused Trump of sexually assaulting them. In his tirade, Deace implied that Trump should be "punished" for his "evil" deeds before he can receive forgiveness. He also said that Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, should not be asking forgiveness for him, but rather should be demanding justice.
Justice for what? What law, pray tell, has Mr. Trump broken that merits punishment? And what should his punishment be? Life in prison for some wrong-headed words that he spoke? The last time I checked, we still had free speech in this country. And as far as the allegations from those women are concerned, they have yet to be proven in a court of law. Therefore, like any other American, Trump is entitled to the presumption of innocence until then. As of now, he hasn’t even been charged with anything. Deace used the biblical example of the thief on the cross who got forgiveness from Jesus but still had to suffer the consequences for his crimes. He implied that Jesus condoned this punishment. It's hard to tell in that particular instance, as Jesus didn't say one way or another.
But I'll give him another example from Jesus' life in which he clearly discouraged people from punishing someone for a crime. Remember the woman caught in adultery who was about to be stoned? After Jesus forgave her, he told her accusers to go ahead and stone her, right? Wrong!!! He said "he who is without sin cast the first stone" and all of her accusers left. Now keep in mind that this woman never asked for forgiveness, or vowed to reform her life, or even expressed any remorse, as far as we know. Jesus did tell her to "go and sin no more" but there is no record that she actually agreed to or obeyed that commandment. Yet Jesus forgave her and embarrassed those who would have punished her. Why? Because they were sinners like we all are and had no right to sit in judgment of anyone. Mr. Deace should keep that in mind.