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A Native American Tells of God’s Justice and Mercy


Many moons ago, when the buffalo roamed and the chiefs ruled the land, there was one chief who was considered the greatest among them all. He was the greatest because he was the most loving and the most just. In matters brought before him, he always did what was most loving and most just. One day it was discovered that there was a thief among them. It was told to the Chief, who justly proclaimed that the thief, when caught, would receive 10 lashes for their crime. Time went by, and things continued to be stolen. The Chief increased the penalty to fit the crime up to 30 lashes. After a time, when things continued to disappear, the Chief increased the penalty to 50 lashes, which was nothing less than the death penalty, as no one could survive that severe of a beating. Then, one day, it was told him that they found the thief, and to the horror of everyone, it was the Chief’s mother. A stillness came over the whole tribe as all wondered, would the Chief sacrifice his justice for his love, or his love for his justice? The morning of the execution came, and the frail mother was led out and tied to the whipping post. The executioner walked up to her, and as he stretched back to deliver the first blow, the Chief stood to his feet. There was a collective sigh of relief in the assembly as it appeared the Chief was willing to sacrifice his justice in order to show his great love for his mother. Then the Chief began to walk down the great steps toward her. Each step, as he got dirtier and dirtier, he began to remove his royal regalia, until he stood behind her totally exposed to all. He leaned forward, wrapped his arms around his mother’s frail body, turned to the executioner and said, proceed. Thus, love kissed justice that day. The Chief died for his mother. Christ died for His enemies. The Bible says in Romans 5:6-8 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

-Clint Hughes, a Christian Native American