The sons of Adam & Eve, Cain and Abel, once lived in community. One tilled the earth, and the other tended animals.
One day God called upon them. They arrived bearing gifts to show God their gratitude. Abel brought the best of his flock. God appreciated Abel’s animal offering but had little excitement for Cain’s gifts of produce.
A prickly heat crept through Cain. He was jealous of God’s favoring of Abel. Later, he confronted Abel. They fought, and Cain struck down Abel. Dead.
God punished Cain, declaring, “When you work the ground, it shall no longer yield to you its strength. You shall be a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth.”
Cain cried, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.” An outcast, Cain was convinced he’d be killed. God vowed, “If anyone kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.”
God knew mercy could exist within justice and that “justice” can be a life lesson versus death, violence or a loss of livelihood.
Part of liberation work is reimagining accountability outside of the prison industrial system. Abolitionist work is spiritual work.
As we reimagine Black liberated futures, that must include different justice models that center love, healing, accountability, and forgiveness.
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