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Friday, May 23, 2014

Back to Execution by Electrocution, Tennessee's Dark Road

I was grieved to hear that Tennessee's governor has decided that, with the chemical cocktail of death unavailable, the electric chair will make a fine substitute. That is the wrong direction to head. Heading down the dark road favoring death is never the right road to travel. There are far too many things wrong with our system to continue using the death penalty. I won't go into that now. See an article by Shane Claiborne, who is writing a book on the dark path of execution, for more:

I am praying for all involved. I am hoping we as a nation will decide upon a better way. I do not support the horrors committed by those who have headed down the path of evil, but my visceral response and desire for revenge is tempered by two powerful Bible verses: 1 Peter 3:9: Do not repay evil for evil or insult for insult. Romans 12:17-21: Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. 18If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

It is time to look for a better way, one that does not risk fatal mistakes and damage our collective souls. Let's take the time to rise up in a new abolitionist movement and make the death penalty a thing of the past in these early decades of a new millennium.

For additional information on this volatile subject, see:

For a related post on a valuable but forgotten concept, see:

For an exploration of our penchant for violence, see:

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