Three months before Australian man Myuran Sukumaran was executed in Indonesia for drug trafficking, he asked his friend and spiritual advisor, Melbourne pastor Reverend Christie Buckingham, if she would make a vow.
It is easy to love the people who accept our love and to care for those grateful to be helped. Does our call to love our neighbour really include the gruff and ungrateful, the people who have been removed from society for criminal acts?
Discussion of crime and punishment inevitably gets heated. Some people want to take a hard line ‘prison is for punishment’ approach while others see merit in addressing the social circumstances and personal difficulties that got people behind bars.