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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Forgive us our debts, Mr. Anderson

Debtor's Prison  (by Henry Nicholls)
Those who recite The Lord’s Prayer by rote might not stop to think about its implications all that often.

Certainly, one Mr. John Anderson (name changed to protect the guilty) didn’t seem to.

Anderson, who openly admits that he pushes “the edges a little bit sometimes,” has been known as a debt-collector extraordinaire.  He told ABC News that he “follows the law, for the most part.”

His legal lapses recently landed Anderson in a California court of law.  It seems that he was harassing a woman for $350 that
she owed from the 2007 purchase of a used car.

The testimony indicated that Anderson repeatedly told this debtor that “he knows everything” and could find her “no matter where” she was.  Anderson also contacted her boss and “released the information” that she had a debt.

It was also Jesus who taught, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”  This has colloquially been interpreted as, “What goes around, comes around.”

So now Mr. Anderson is himself a debtor.  The court determined that he owes this woman $33,000 for his merciless actions.

The Lord's Prayer is not just a plea.  It is also a “contract” of sorts.  “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…”

Mercy, Mr. Anderson.  Mercy.


Copyright November 29, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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