This is a MUST READ!!! Here's the link:
Here are four questions PFADP asks people of faith to ask themselves:
What does it mean when vengeance belongs to God and not to us?
What does it mean when the sixth commandment says not to kill?
What does it mean when we are asked to forgive?
What does it mean when we are asked to love our enemies?
People of faith MUST vote against the Death Penalty in Wisconsin this November. The article above goes on to say:
Some Scriptures from the Bible is the center of debate in the faith community.
Dear says people chose random scripture from the Bible out of context to support their own personal opinions, opinions I believe that are shaped more by our violent culture than by deep theological reflection. "It's dangerous to simply quote from the Bible to support your views without looking at the context and acknowledging apparent contradictions in scripture. We must allow the Bible to speak for itself and not to be manipulated."
"Jesus is the most famous victim of the death penalty. Since the times of the first colonial governments in what is now the U.S. and estimated 22,000 human beings have been killed in judicially sponsored executions. Like Jesus, they were hated, feared, condemned and exterminated as less than human."
Dear says as people reflect on Jesus' condemnation they should also keep in mind their own culpability in the daily condemnation of the poor in our society. "How many angry, fearful, ignorant crowds over these years have we joined in echoing the chant heard by Pontius Pilot: Crucify him! Crucify him! How many of us echo Jesus words from the cross instead? Father, forgive them for they know not what they do. Jesus calls us to repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing. We are called to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44) and forgive those who trespass against us (Matthew 6:14-15). Jesus teaches us that vengeance belongs to God alone. God alone my judge because God alone is not without sin, Jesus teaches us. Today let us reflect on the fact that we have not been given the authority to take life, even
that of a murderer. Christians have a responsibility to bring this message to our civil government."
Jesus stopped an execution in the New Testament. "In the Gospel of John (8:2-11), the brief story of Jesus telling the scribes and Pharisees, Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at the adulterous woman. "The self-righteous among us justify ourselves by condemning others. Jesus rejected the self-righteous attitude of the scribes and Pharisees as they sought to condemn the woman to death. He made it painfully clear that they had more in common with her than they wanted to know. Would he
not do the same with us today? Jesus calls us to work to abolish the death penalty. He calls us to rise to the challenge of the violence around us with disarmed hearts, just like His."
Are you among the "self-righteous among us" or are you willing to stand up like Jesus did to protect the least among us? You will make decision in November.
Odds are that someone who votes for the Death Penalty in WI this November will someday be a victim of it. Is that person you???