Spare the unborn baby, ignore the dying senior, and kill the law breaker. From Pro life to take a life, the Christian seems to run a gambit of emotions pertaining to its role in the life and death of the individual. “Life begins at conception” is the battle cry of the Believer. They believe they must defend life no matter the consequences. The degree of their commitment branches out from calm resolve to extremism. What the Christian fails to understand is there must be a foundational belief that all life is precious, not just the fetus, but even the life of the individual that was found guilty of murder. We can’t cry out “abortion is murder” and then with the same breath “kill the murderer.” Capital punishment has always been a point of contention. The page turners scurry through the Bible finding all the Scriptures that deal with an “eye for an eye.” With their weapons loaded with words from the Old Testament Law they begin the campaign to support Capital Punishment. To make sure they do not alienate other believers, they quote the New Testament of Grace that we are to render unto “Caesar the things that are Caesars….” If our Government believes in executing the “guilty” (?) and the State we live in has voted it into law, then so be it! How does that reasoning fit into the Government believing in abortion and certain states voting it into law; is it also “so be it?”
Death sentences are basically the result of a jury of the accused peers. What kind of a chance does a novice juror have against polished and skilled legalist (lawyers)? It is interesting that since 1973, 141 people from 26 states have been released from death row due to evidence of their innocence being produced. (Death Penalty Information Center) To date there have been 1,317 executions committed in this country. (474 in Texas alone) If an innocent person is sent off into eternity, how does God look upon it? (Too bad we don’t know) Has the executioner, jury and judge committed murder? We know that is a silly question, but have we really thought things out? What happens if a convicted murderer is sentenced to death but comes to know Jesus Christ as His Savior and Lord? The Scriptures say that he is a new creature and that old things have passed away and behold, all things have become new. If that person is executed are we in effect executing an innocent man?
There are always consequences to sin and disobedience, and as a result a price to pay, but to take a life is to play God. Some of the greatest mission fields are within the walls of Penitentiaries. When a convict comes to know Jesus Christ he has a great opportunity to reach out to others with the Gospel. Instead of a tooth for a tooth, let it be a life for a life. One takes a life, but gives his life to serve the One who can change lives. Inside the walls, one serves his time until God says to come home and spend time with Him.
Let all believers realize the sanctity of life, from entering its domain, to leaving this life behind. Let us do whatever we can to serve God and assist the living until God calls us home.