Reflecting on Matthew 5: 21-22 for the bereaved in North Carolina

“You have heard that it was said —
‘You shall not kill as a hate crime’;
and ‘whoever kills as a hate crime
shall be liable to prosecution.’
But I say to you —
those who kill in a parking dispute,
bring down a parent’s grief.

And if you kill a neighbor, any neighbor,
when folks do not understand why,
you bring fear upon every one –
in homes, schools and movie theatres,
in places of worship and publishing companies,
walking on the street
and sitting in your living room.

And if you give a gun
into the hand of someone who is unstable,
if you say in your arrogance
and because your-family-has-not-been-touched,
“we must never limit gun rights,”
then you open a hell of sorrow
and bring even God to tears.

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2 Responses to Reflecting on Matthew 5: 21-22 for the bereaved in North Carolina

  1. I very much appreciate your voice. I just hate that there are so many vile acts that force you to express it.

  2. Maren says:

    Thank you Toni. I certainly agree.

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