President Trump Grants Kim Kardashian’s Clemency Plea—Do People Deserve Second Chances?


In a storm of news frenzy, the awaited decision from President Trump to pardon Alice Johnson after Kim Kardashian's clemency plea has been announced begging the question, do people deserve second chances?

You might love Kim Kardashian and her family and all they represent to pop-culture, or you might not for equal reason. Regardless of your personal feelings towards the tight-knit, wildly famous clan—the gift of grace given by President Trump in the pardoning of Alice Johnson’s life-sentence begs the question, do people deserve second chances? Kim Kardashian believes so as made evident in her recent tweet, “Her commutation is inspirational [and] gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.”

Since being incarcerated in 1996, with 15 others, for taking part in a cocaine distribution ring, Alice Johnson has been a model citizen, taking her rehabilitation seriously—even mentoring fellow inmates.

However, President Trump’s pardon of Johnson represents an olive branch of forgiveness that some feel, given Johnson’s life-sentence and famous advocate—has been a step too far. But has it?

Sure, you might not care for Kim Kardashian or the man doing the pardoning, but the question still must be answered in each of our hearts: If someone shows true change, are they worthy of receiving the very thing we all need desperately—a second chance? 

We read scriptures on forgiveness all the time:

  • Get rid of all bitterness, passion and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
  • If you forgive others the wrongs they have done to you, your Father in heaven will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive the wrongs you have done. (Matthew 6:14-15)
  • And so many more…

Scriptures that ask us to forgive as we have been forgiven, but how often do we instead judge, thinking we know the full story and motives.

I don’t personally know Alice Johnson’s story, nor the tenacity it must have taken Kim Kardashian, in particular, to lead the charge in obtaining Johnson’s second-chance or even President Trump’s reasons on the matter. But I do know this, the moment described below is one that every human being is worthy of receiving from the one that gave it all:

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