This is just the type of thing I was afraid I’d see following Geoghan’s death. In this letter to the editor, the writer says that Geoghan’s death was “prison justice” and that it may have been God’s will that he be strangled to death by a homicidal maniac.
If it had been anyone else other than John Geoghan, do you think the Boston Globe wold have printed a letter that called the jailhouse murder of a homosexual the will of God?
And since when does Massachusetts have the death penalty? Since when do we let other inmates be judge, jury, and executioner?
I had no love for Geoghan, apart from the love of a Christian for a fallen away brother, and what he did to children nauseates me even now. But to sit back with a self-satisfied smile at his brutal murder is just more evidence that our culture is no less barbaric and prone to sin and no more progressive and advanced than any that has come before it, at least in this respect.
Ephesians 4:31-32 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
I guess the difference is that those who recognize in themselves the sins that have been forgiven should not be so quick to demand the wrath of God upon other sinners. I think that’s a lesson I am re-learning now. And that I must constantly re-learn.