Their death is not a medicine
Which cures disease of violence.
Christ’s execution for all sin
Breaks chains to offer mercy, grace.
The cross, a noose, an injection-
When we choose death we give offense
For we forget where we have been.
God’s call to save has been erased.
This ‘eye for eye’ is old, spoiled wine
And Jesus’ call misrepresents.
Why listen to the worldly din?
New covenant is God’s embrace.
“Learn mercy,” yet we sacrifice;
Sadly ignore, still pay the price.
Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I did not come to call the pious, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:13)
(Other relevant verses: John 3:16-17; John 5:24; James 2:8-13)
6 thoughts on “Executing Mercy”
That is a difficult concept fir humans to grasp.
Yes it is, but we must if we are to follow all of Jesus.
Awesome Susan. As history has proven, trying to end violence with violence only escalates and perpetuates it. Jesus brought true peace (“new wine”) by becoming the ultimate Victim of our blame-shifting violence. The Cross exposed this scapegoating for what it really is. Unfortunately, nothing new under the sun when we see current events. We’re still drinking from the “old, spoiled wine.”
“Christianity is a founding murder in reverse, which illuminates what has to remain hidden to produce ritual, sacrificial religions.”
― René Girard, Battling to the End: Conversations with Benoit Chantre
So true, Mel. Jesus put execution on display, and ended unjust killing in all forms, at least for those of us who call ourselves his followers. We must take off our blinders and stand up for what He stood for.
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I never understood how the law of an eye for an eye became corrupted into what it is today. Alas, I doubt it will ever become again what was its original intent.
The original intent was to limit and equalize the law of Hammurabi. But that was Old Covenant law.
With the coming of Jesus, we have New Covenant law. He established and reinterpreted eye for an eye, and told us to not resist, to turn the other cheek and to go the extra mile. Yet we ignore His words just as we ignore His command to love our enemies.
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