Thursday, June 17, 2010
I know that most of my ethic on this issue is driven by a belief that Jesus Christ taught correctly and challenged us to be better than our most base selves. A natural reaction to injury is to desire like for the perpatrator. We want the scales to be balanced. An eye for an eye.
It is on this topic that Jesus chose to contradict the laws that, many believe, were handed down by God.
"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also."
Later, in that same sermon, Jesus said:
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect."
It is wrong to murder. A human life should not be taken. It was wrong when Ronnie Lee Gardner did it 25 years ago. It will be wrong when the state of Utah - when we - do it tonight.
God forgive us.
Posted by Andrew at 8:28 PM