"The Judge and the Left-Footed Leaders" explores the messages of the Old Testament books of Judges and Ruth. The book of Judges describes a nation strikingly similar to the modern United States. Israel was racked by violence, greed, sexual abuse, political turmoil, and racial tension. On the other hand, the book of Ruth portrays a community bound by kindness and civility. Ruth demonstrates suffering transformed by love and how that quality of living can infiltrate and change a culture.
Judges and Ruth were meant to be read together. Judges is a mirror and a warning; Ruth is an inspirational map to recovery. This book examines how they foil one another, and what we can take away from it.