The headline reads: “Death row killer orders pizza for homeless as final meal.”
“Riverbend Maximum Security Institution will not deliver the pizza,” said Riverbend spokeswoman Dorinda Carter. ‘We can get some special things for the inmate but the taxpayers don’t really give us permission to donate to charity.’”
But apparently, the taxpayers give Riverbend Maximum Security Institution the permission to kill in their name. Stunning. Taxpayers give permission for their money to be spent on the execution of a man, but not on the feeding of a homeless person.
I said a prayer for Timothy McVeigh on the morning he was executed. According to media reports, McVeigh was stony to the end. He was indeed a murderer on a horrendously large scale. Yet as a Christian, I deplore his death as I deplore the death he inflicted upon others.
One of the reasons I identify myself is Catholic is because of the church’s consistent ethic on life. This means Catholics reject violence of any kind: war, executions, poverty, oppression, and yes, abortion.
Following Christ can lead you into some strange territory. I find myself torn among worlds. Where does a pro-life, anti-war vegetarian with a boyfriend in the military fit in? How do I follow The Way when the way is not clear? I strive for the answer to simply be to follow the bold, peaceful, compassionate example of Jesus. Yet every day, I fail.
God forbid I ever suffer the way the families of McVeigh’s victims suffered. But those family members of violence victims, like Patricia Quigley and Susan Retik, who rise above that torment inspire me.
“Let the wicked still act wickedly, and the filthy still be filthy. The righteous must still do right, and the holy still be holy.” (Revelation: 22:11).
And let the Christians still stand up for life.
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