It was predictable…
The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) filed a complaint against Texas Judge Tammy Kemp for giving a woman convicted of murder a Bible while in the courtroom.
But the judge also gave the defendant some words of wisdom that all of us should revisit.
In a complaint filed on Thursday, The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) cited Judge Kemp’s “proselytizing actions overstepped judicial authority” when she gave former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger a Bible following her murder conviction.
The foundation has asked the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct to investigate.
Following a moment in the courtroom where the murdered man’s brother asked permission to hug the convicted murderer, at the conclusion of the trial, Judge Kemp did the same.
While giving Guyger a hug, the judge appeared to be dispersing some advice through some inspirational Bible verses.
According to reports, the judge allegedly said…
“You just need a tiny mustard seed of faith,” Judge Kemp told her. “you start with this.”
The judge then gave the bible to Guyger.
“You can have mine,” the judge said while handing the defendant a Bible. “I have three or four more at home. This is the one I use every day. This is your job for the next month. It says right here. John 3:16. And this is where you start.”
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
– John 3:16
The phrase “mustard seed” that Judge Kemp used comes from Jesus’ “parable of the mustard seed” which is found in Matthew 13:31-33; Mark 4:30-34; and Luke 13:18-21.
Jesus was comparing the kingdom of God to a mustard seed, and how faith may have a small beginning but grows larger and stronger.
It comes from the idea that the mustard seed is ‘the smallest of all seeds’ but grows into a tree so large that birds come and make nests and its branches.
It is also a comparison to God’s church on Earth. The Christian church started very small and has spread all over the world.
This shows that Christ’s words were not only a lesson – but a prophecy that has come to pass after his death on the cross.