However, after witnessing the execution, Keith was a different person, or at least a different preacher. Suddenly, confronting social injustice was far more important than making his flock feel good each Sunday. He would begin hitting the issues, always from the Christian perspective and never from the politician’s, and if it rankled folks, too bad. He was tired of playing it safe.“Would Jesus witness an execution without trying to stop it?” he asked. “Would Jesus approve of laws that allow us to kill those who have killed?” The answer to both was no, and for a full hour, in the longest sermon of his career, Keith explained why not.
The novel does not come across as a sermon. It is a very moving examination of the death penalty, of innocence and guilt, of police work gone wrong and laws which are worse. I found it very thought provoking, and I’ll be thinking about it for a long time to come.
And you? Do you have an opinion on the death penalty? Or, on those who are to uphold the law and instead only uphold their own agenda?