Funny thing that happens as you get older….you actually do get smarter. Knowledge is the key to faith and in order to obtain knowledge you have to seek wisdom. When you are open to obtaining wisdom you must realize that you may understand things that used to confuse you and your opinions on “things you have figured out” might just change. That happened to me recently on my view of the death penalty.
I recently took a two week sabbatical away from the news and social media and I read the Bible. Parts of the Old Testament were not easy for me but it answered a lot of questions that I had been pondering. I used to be for the death penalty but now I am against it. First of all the criminal justice system fails more than you know. A LOT of people incarcerated are the victims of a bad judge, a greedy prosecutor and an inexperienced defense attorney or a combination of all three. If innocent citizens are in jail then there is a pretty good chance an innocent life has already been taken.
You may argue in the Bible it says “An eye for an eye.” It also says “Turn the other cheek” and “Vengeance Belongs To God.” We are not God. We should not play God. For these simple reasons I believe life was given by God and shall be taken by Him as well. Thanks for reading.
-Your last two posts were great! Life experiences [good & bad], enable us to share unique thoughts & insights. I am with you on the death penalty for the most part. Many innocent people in jail for crimes they either didn’t commit, or for crimes that never should have been prosecuted in the first place, [Unconstitutional Laws]. I do agree with the death penalty in extreme cases though, where there is no doubt .. ie murderers, serial killers, etc.. with down right evil people involved. I have always gone by the motto that if any law is clearly Unconstitutional, one one is not bound morally or legally to obey that law. The same should also go for Police, who take an oath to protect The Constitution, in enforcing “laws” that conflict with that very oath they took.
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. -Luke 11:21-
No question these are trying times my friend….