Sunday, June 23, 2013

1 Kings 19:1–4 (5–7), 8–15a; Isaiah 65:1–9

A vengeful howl among political leaders in North Carolina has silenced God’s voice as legislators try to resume executions of those on death row. “Justice requires that we restart the death penalty and carry out these executions,” insists Senator Thom Goolsby (R., N.C.). “We have a moral obligation to ensure [that] death-row criminals . . . finally face justice.” These executions symbolize a need for revenge, a belief in justice as retribution and morality as Nietzschean ressentiment. The call for human blood as atonement for crime has nothing to do with God’s justice and everything to do with our intransigent cycles of violence.

 

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