Because you believe in redemption, you will attend a church service at some point this year. You will eat and drink the body and blood of an executed criminal, a criminal whose message was forgiveness and reconciliation.
Because you believe in redemption, you will read from the New Testament, a collection of texts whose major author self-identified as the “worst of sinners.” Though he plotted the murder of innocents, his story will echo down to you across the millennia as a flesh-and-blood testament to the transformative power of forgiveness. You will call his pen inspired.
Because you believe in redemption, you will bow your head in prayer and mouth the words which ask God to forgive you your sins, even as you forgive others.
You believe in redemption, because you are a Georgian, the vast majority of whom identify as Christians.
You eat, drink, read, pray, and sing of redemption.
But yesterday you didn’t.
Because yesterday you executed Kelly Gissendaner, the worst of sinners.
Allen O’Brien is currently serving as a licensed UCC minister at a church in Northern California and navigating the discernment process. He believes in the power of education, listening, and eggs for breakfast. Find out more about him and his online team at http://anirenicon.com or follow him on Twitter.