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This week a federal court delivered its sentence for the leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel, Joaquín Guzmán Loera (known as “El Chapo”). He will spend the rest of his days confined in Colorado’s “supermax” prison. The drug lord’s prolific life of crime left devastation in its wake. He had dozens of people murdered, escaped from prison twice, and reportedly made in excess of $12 billion smuggling drugs into the US.

At his sentencing, El Chapo showed no remorse for his crimes. He had the gall to complain about his prison cell in New York, whining that the ventilation system was too loud. This is coming from a lowlife who acted as judge and executioner for dozens of people as his criminal empire profited off of addiction and corruption. Spare us, please.

If anything, the trial and sentencing shows the inherent limitations of human justice. A decade or two languishing in a concrete cell is hardly a recompense for the countless lives he’s ruined. But justice will be done. There will come a day when El Chapo will stand trial in another lawcourt, presided over by the Judge of all the earth (Genesis 18:25).


God, we thank you for the successful operation of our country’s justice system in punishing the guilty for their crimes. We ask that you would fortify our courts and prisons, so they can serve their function well in our society—keeping the innocent safe and allowing them to flourish. Keep our minds set on the hope found in the coming justice which Christ will bring.


About First Baptist Dallas and Dr. Robert Jeffress 

Dr. Robert Jeffress is a best-selling author of 24 books, a nationally and internationally syndicated TV and radio host and the senior pastor of First Baptist Dallas, one of the largest and most influential churches in America. Pathway to Victory, Dr. Jeffress’ broadcast ministry, airs daily nationwide on more than 900 radio stations and is broadcast live to 195 countries. His latest book, “Choosing the Extraordinary Life,” is available in bookstores everywhere. He is an evangelical adviser to the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump. 

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