I am re-reading a biography of Charles Wesley, and it described the week he spent ministering to convicted felons at Newgate prison in London. The following excerpts are taken from his journal. I am not sure what this narrative might tell us about the death penalty, but it tells us something important about how we look at condemned criminals.
I am sympathetic to those who advocate for a Consistent Life ethic, arguing that that we should oppose all forms of killing--abortion, euthanasia, execution, and war. But I'm still not sure what to do with incorrigible violent offenders. I have two tangential personal connections to the death penalty, one against and one for.
As we walk day by day and step by step in our journey, we should be willing to extend the same grace we have received to those around us. Every other person we encounter is still on his or her first attempt to survive this crazy world.
We can be thankful that most Christians in the United States have faced little state-sponsored persecution because of their faith. Unfortunately, this general freedom from persecution has given Christians (and those who profess to be Christians) many opportunities to endanger the life, liberty, and property of others. Not sure what I'm talking about? Here's a short list.
WARNING: This will probably be hard to read if you have lost a child of any age. And it will probably be uncomfortable if you haven't.
Audra and I then got into a mild dispute about a mistake I made in driving. She was right, but I was reluctant to admit it and soon changed the direction of the conversation. We got into a playful banter about passing on the right, exchanging quick statements back and forth. Henry soon called out from the back, "Stop fighting!"
Henry has more energy than a nuclear reactor; I have to work hard to keep up with him. He is creative and silly and affectionate, and he adores his little brother Toby. I'm thankful that I have gotten to make many beautiful memories with him over the past three years.
Perhaps our homes, schools, and communities should spend more time and energy and money encouraging a desire to pursue life-long education, a willingness to make realistic plans for the future, and a commitment to personal integrity and civic responsibility.
Is God offended when people ask him hard questions? I'm convinced that God wants us come to him with our doubt and disappointment. One of the hard questions is why he doesn't give us clear and simple answers to our hard questions. But for some reason that is part of the journey we must walk.
I'm not sure why Donald Trump feels the need to make inflammatory remarks about immigrants. I guess it gets him a lot of attention; I'm giving him more attention right now. But I do find it ironic since his mother was an immigrant from Scotland, and his father's parents came to the U.S. from Germany.