“Is Williams’ redemption complete and sincere, or is it just a hollow promise?” Schwarzenegger wrote less than 12 hours before the execution. “Without an apology and atonement for these senseless and brutal killings, there can be no redemption.” Gov. Schwarzenegger
One blogger tonight wrote something like, Tookie DIE! Another blogger made reference to the fact that it’s the Christian right who’s yelling that Tookie should DIE, which scares me as a pastor. As a pastor, how do you work through the moral and ethical issues faced within the church? How do you help the people of God discern what’s right and what’s wrong? When it comes to the death penalty, how do you discern who’s to die and how do you know if someone hasn’t made things right? It’s tough. Where do I stand? As a pastor, I stand on the side of grace. I have to hope that Tookie made things right with the Lord in his heart. I remember when my youngest brother died of a crack cocaine overdose and when my father died of complications due to alcoholism, I questioned whether or not they had accepted Christ and his forgiveness. I have to hope they did. I have to trust that sometime in their lives, the Holy Spirit intervened upon their hearts and that they received the Lord’s grace. My prayer is for Tookie Williams and his heart tonight. My prayer is that he made things right with the Lord, for the Lord has already redeemed him and loves him just as much as this sinner.