Executing Mercy

Image taken from the cover of “Executing Grace” by Shane Claiborne
Image taken from the cover of “Executing Grace” by Shane Claiborne

 

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)