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Opinion

December 19, 2013

Hot chocolate and two pieces of advice

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The ways of God are not the ways of men and women!

For some of us, death row inmates tend to settle at the very bottom of the human pile.

For the Messiah King — Himself on death row — Dismas becomes the symbol of God’s continuing invitation to “last-minute conversions” and to the promise of front-row seats at the final world series.

The Episcopal, Lutheran, and Roman Catholic Bishops of New Hampshire are calling for a Preach-in on the Feast of Christ the King to support the repeal of New Hampshire’s Death Penalty law.

Personally, I used to argue capital punishment as deterrence to crime and as a means to “even the score.” I no longer see death sentences as statistically deterring crime; as for evening the score, I hope that God does not score us in the same way that we score others. The older I get, the more assured I am that my most creative bookkeeping can never put my balance sheet in the positive column. Salvation is pure gift!

Will you join the bishops in their religious response to the current bill filed by NH Republican Mark Warden (mark@markwarden.com) and NH Democrat Renny Cushing (renny.cushing@leg.state.nh.us) to repeal the death penalty?

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Bob lives in Salisbury and can be contacted at RevDrBob@aol.com

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