The inspiring author, speaker and activist Shane Claiborne joins me today. He talks about his most recent work in campaigning for the end of the death penalty in the US.
Shane passionately and with great wisdom shares about how the death penalty is about more issues than justice – it’s about race, equality, restorative justice and, above all, about grace.
He shares some moving testimonies of people on death row, and argues that as Christians we are called to believe that no one, not even murderers, are beyond redemption, and for an approach to justice which begins with grace, with mercy – and beginning to see all people as God sees them.
This is one of the most inspiring interviews I’ve ever done – and whether you’re Christian or not, this will challenge, encourage and inspire you.
“The death penalty has survived not despite Christians but because of us. The Bible belt is the death belt.”
“We live in a world where violence is pervasive, we’ve created this myth of redemptive violence, this myth we can fight violence with violence. Violence is the problem, not the solution. The disease, not the cure”
“Support for the death penalty has hit historic lows”
“Jesus was an executed, forgiving victim of tremendous violence, who died with grace on His lips, saying ‘Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing’. That should change us.”
“God is more concerned with healing than He is with punishment”
“We can’t hold the cross with one hand and a weapon with the other”
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