Jesus, appearing his history when he did, offered us a new way of being, and thus a new way of acting out in the world. Love God and neighbor. A concise, simple message, although not always simple to follow. I fall short of it all the time in the little things. Granted my life doesn’t offer me times when I have the power to kill or not to kill. That is grace.
To kill or not to kill is a complex issue. What about war? How do I feel about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and theologian in Nazi Germany who joined a group plotting to kill Hitler? What about the right to life advocates? Complex issue. I can understand their points of view. But lethal injection executions of prisoners in U.S. prisons in 2017! I don’t get it. No more of this!