Last Saturday the New England Conference of United Methodist Churches, a group representing 600 congregations in six Northeastern states, voted in favor of Resolution 15-203, which mentions Christian principles to put an end of the War on Drugs.
The resolution begins:
“In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole. Restorative justice grows out of biblical authority, which emphasizes a right relationship with God, self and community. When such relationships are violated or broken through crime, opportunities are created to make things right.”
“When I came off the stage I was met by many assembly members telling me how important the resolution was,” reported Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Co-founder Lt. Jack Cole (Ret..). “One said that…I had described his family. His daughter died ten years ago of a drug overdose and he and his wife were left to raise her two children.. That gentleman was sure that if drugs had been legal his daughter would not have died.”
“Jesus concerned himself with the plight of the poor and marginalized in his society. In our society, the story of the poor and marginalized is one of mass incarceration, racial injustice, and the breakdown of families caused by the War on Drugs,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.),executive director of LEAP.