In just under two hours Troy Davis is scheduled have his sentence completed in the State of Georgia. Much debate has been promoted through the media, most of it opposing the use of the death penalty. People from all walks of life, ethnicity, and religious backgrounds are weighing in with their thoughts around this particular case. Prayer vigils are being held around the world to try to stop the execution. Clergy, politicians, retired lawmakers, and other dignitaries have been speaking publicly against carrying out the sentence in this case. In the meantime, who is speaking out on behalf of the victim, Mark MacPhail, in this case? It seems that it is only his family.
I am appalled, disgusted, embarrassed, and disappointed in my brothers and sisters in Christ in this moment. The family of Troy Davis needs your support in this time, but why aren’t you speaking out for the MacPhail family? Have you become so focused on a possible injustice that you have forgotten mercy, comfort and compassion?
I am not advocating the death penalty in this statement. I am advocating for the other family and friends that have been hurt and have been suffering for the past 21 years! This family needs justice but you (my brothers and sisters in Christ) have not helped them let go of their desire for vengeance and the cycle continues.
If you wonder what I know about this cycle and these desires, just ask. I live with all of these emotions everyday and have for more than 15 years.