Thursday, January 17, 2008

JUDGMENT: Good or Evil Twin!

"All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left."
Matthew 25:32-33
Los Angeles County (California) deputies mistook Ray Nugent, for his fraternal twin brother, Jay, a federal fugitive wanted on bank robbery charges.

County supervisors are expected to approve a $150,000 settlement for Nugent, who spent 13 days in jail after being mistakenly identified as his fraternal twin brother, a federal fugitive suspected and bank robber.

“It was an unfortunate mistake,” principal Deputy County Counsel Roger Granbo told a local newspaper. “This was a very unusual case in which the FBI was looking for this guy, and we had his twin brother in custody.” Granbo said that “once the Sheriff’s Department confirmed he was not the person wanted in the warrant, it took them four days to release him, and that’s why we settled the case.”

“I never really got upset with my brother,” Nugent said. “Anybody can see that we don’t look alike. What really got me upset was that they made me a criminal because of what my twin brother did. They said, if I have a twin brother who did that, I must be like him too. It’s that mentality that disturbs me.” [“Good, evil twin: jail mix-up”; MSNBC/KNBC Channel 4 Los Angeles, November 30, 1999 at]

When we come before the Judge of judges none of God’s deputies will mistake the sheep from the goats.

No one will stand in the wrong line due to a bureaucratic error; no representative of heaven will appear before reporters to say, “It was an unfortunate mistake.”

And, praise be to God, no one will ever find us guilty by association. Just because we have brothers and sisters who’ve never been bathed in the precious blood of the Lamb, no will ever say to those who have, “If they aren’t then must not be either.”

We are in the hands of Almighty God whose Book of Life is written without error and whose Book of the Dead will clearly separate all goats from every sheep.

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