A Bail Bondsman, Christ our Surety
I had to change the insurance on our home and autos this week. In the process, I ran up against laws that seemed to make no sense to me. So I did some research. I learned that the laws of this land, though often strange to me, in this case, have their basis in the truth of God. I shouldn’t be surprised. God made man in His own image. He has left Himself a witness, even in the legal system of our government. The first thing I investigated was “bail bondsman.” I’ve often wondered what the job of a bail bondsman was. Turns out, a bail bondsman deals with people banks are unwilling to deal with. A bail bondsman deals with criminals. The bail bondsman puts up a bond to the court. The court knows the bail bondsman is good for it, so upon posting the bond, the court will let the accused go free until trial. This is especially important when a person needs to maintain his family and work and home and finances before a trial is held. When the time before trial, or the combination of that time and the trial is long, it is important that the accused be allowed to go about his normal life when others will not be hurt by his freedom. Thus, the court relies on the integrity of the bail bondsman who acts in the place and on behalf of the accused, assuring the court that the accused will appear at trial, and if not, to compensate the court in the amount of the bail bond. All of this corresponds closely to what the Bible calls a “surety.”
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Pastor Rick Warta