Michael Lindsay: Not well-versed

May 11, 2013 

Not well-versed

We read that State Rep. Larry Pittman has a divinity degree, attends a Monday night Bible study, a Tuesday morning prayer group and a Wednesday chapel service (“Pittman video shows GOP schism,” May 5 column by Ned Barnett). We also read that he favors public hangings for murderers. He also co-sponsored a resolution asserting North Carolina’s right to declare a state religion.

Since he is such a proponent and expert on Christianity, I have one question for him: What would Jesus do? For some reason, I don’t think the Prince of Peace would be in favor of public hangings for murderers. After all, He knows firsthand what’s it like to be executed in public.

According to the Bible (that Pittman reads), Jesus said, “Whatever you do unto the least of these, you do unto me.” The representative’s behavior reminds me of the following Bible quote, “They will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power.”

Michael Lindsay, Raleigh

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