I'm reading this book by Desmond Tutuu.
It's about the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) which took place after the overthrowing of the apartheid in South Africa.
It's a powerfull witness to the power of love and forgiveness!
In the TRC, those who had committed crimes had an opportunity at amnesty if they would come before the commission which was aired live ,explained their acts and asked for forgiveness to their victims and the victims families.
A lot of hard question have been raised about the justice behind forgiving such horribles acts and here is one o Desmond' answer:
"One might go on to say that perhaps justice fails to be done only if the concept we entertain of justice is retributive justice, whose chief goal is to be punitive...
We contend that there is another kind of justice, restorative justice
, which is characteristic of traditional African jurisprudence. Here the central concern is not retribution or punishment. In the spirit of ubuntu, the central concern is the healing of breaches, the redressing of imballance, the restoration of broken relationships, a seeking to rehabilitate both the victim and the perpetrator,
who should be given the opportunity to be reintegrated into the community he has injured by his offense.
This is a far more personal approach, regarding offense as something that has happened to persons and whose consequence is a rupture in relationships. Thus we would claim that justice, restorative justice, is being served when efforts are being made to work for healing, for forgiving and for reconcialiation."
Maybe the ET God needs to be taught this restorative justice concept..
I recommand the book, it's a blessing so far!
Another great part:
"The effect of amnesty is as if the offence had never happened since the perpetrator's court record relating to that offense becomes a "tabula rasa", a blank page...
That is indeed a VERY HIGH price to ask the victims to pay. That happens to have been the price those who negociated our relatively peaceful transition from repression to democracy believed the nation had to ask of victims.
Our freedom has been bought at a very great price."
Wow, our Lord paid that price on the cross when he asked the Father to forgive them.