Much of the world is characterized by revenge and “honor killing”.
“The Godfather” movies and novels tell the chilling stories of revenge and honor killing.
But what is the Christian way?
The Bible has some accounts that set standards:
In Genesis 49, father Jacob pronounced blessing over his son Joseph, and even over the brothers who had betrayed them both. Over Joseph, his words were:
“The blessings of your father are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents, up to the bounties of the everlasting hills. May they be on the head of Joseph, and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers” (Genesis 49: 26).
More challenging was the betrayal of Absalom of his father, King David. But when Absalom died, David´s response showed his true fatherhood:
“The king covered his face, and the king cried with a loud voice, “O my son Absalom, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2Samuel 19:4).
Jesus´ Parable of the Prodigal Son is the ultimate example of a true father heart:
“It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found” (Luke 15:32).
The Christian Way is never revenge and “honor killings”.
It is always forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration.