Resolution Against Violence and Vengeance

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Troy, N.Y. — At its 307th Stated Meeting on Wednesday April 6, 2016 at the State Street Presbyterian Church of Schenectady, NY, Albany Presbytery took the following action:

Resolution Against Violence and Vengeance

Whereas our time and culture are fraught with violence and vengeance of heart, word, and deed;

Whereas as we recognize that vengeance belongs to God alone (Deuteronomy 32:35);

Whereas “an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind”;

Whereas vengeance is not a civil right;

Whereas peace is our mutual goal;

Whereas brothers in the family of Abraham, Rabbi Robert Kasman and Imam Djafer Sebkhaoui have raised awareness about ways in which violence and vengeance are destructive to the human race;

Whereas Albany Presbytery is called to a ministry of reconciliation by Jesus Christ;

At its stated meeting on April 6, 2016, Albany Presbytery resolves that we stand with those who are targets of hate crimes based upon religion, such as Jews and Muslims and people of any religion, ethnicity or condition.

Albany Presbytery resolves to continue to raise our awareness, to speak up, and to take a stand against hatred and vengeance in any form.