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

 

 

11 comments

  1. Amen, poignant healing truths necessary for such a time as this!

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    1. Thank you so much.

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  2. The True Light! · ·

    Another wonderful thought couched in your poem! Your offerings are thought provoking and very insightful…they are enjoyable to read. How are you doing today?

    (hugs)

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    1. Thank you. Doing a bit better today, thanks, though still quite sad and reeling from last week and the weekend. Appreciate the hugs. 🙂

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      1. The True Light! · ·

        I’m so sorry to hear you aren’t doing too much better. Please refresh my memory, what was it that happened last week to hurt you so badly?

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      2. Just everything in the news – praying a lot for healing.

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      3. The True Light! · ·

        Susan…obviously you are a person who feels very deeply. I understand that as I am one of those kinds too. But we must trust in the fact that the Lord is in control and has His reasons for allowing all things to happen…good and bad. Perhaps He wants all people to pray and care more about their fellow man, as I’m sure many more prayers are being offered up over these issues of the recent days…

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      4. They have certainly come to the forefront…again. Yet how many times must this cycle repeat itself?

        I think God has given us the message over and over again; his people chose to continually ignore it. That is what saddens me the most.

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      5. The True Light! · ·

        The cycle will repeat time and again. The world will ignore the Lord as it always has, and that will hurt you to some degree over and over as well…because you love so much!

        People of faith must find strength in the Lord and believers, for it is that fellowship which He set up for us to help and strengthen us on this earth…

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      6. The True Light! · ·

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