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I am a Catholic. I just want to ask one question about the death penalty and God being the final judge and the 5th commandment about “thou shalt not kill.” I just wanted to know your feelings about that.
How does the death penalty fit in with the Commandment to not kill? Well, the
commandment to not kill is a commandment about murder. It’s a commandment about
deliberately taking somebody’s life because you want to get rid of them because
of anger, because of hatred, because they have wronged you in some way and you
want them out of this world and you’ve taken matters and judgment in your own
But when we have a justice system and is clearly understood by the citizens that
are in that society and they know what the ramifications are and they know what
the consequences of their actions are and they get the death penalty, they knew
it in advance, they did it premeditated and this was not an accident and if
they’re truly guilty and they’re found guilty in the court of law and they’re
given the time to be found guilty and proven that they are guilty without
reasonable doubt, then it should be executed. And it is not murder, it is not
killing; it is justice.
And in America, we need justice to protect the innocent. But certainly, we need
to preach the gospel to them first and give them an opportunity to be saved and
then execute justice when it’s needed and when it’s appropriate. It’s not
appropriate in every case. But in many cases it is because we’re protecting the
innocent. Just like going to war and protecting the innocent by fighting for ht
protection and defense of our country. Do we have to kill people? Yes, but God
did it in the Bible to protect His people. And He will do it again to protect
His people if He had to.
I know there are two sides to it. I am not saying that in every case that the
death penalty is appropriate, but it is in many cases. And it doesn’t mean we
should take vengeance. It’s not for vengeance. It’s for protection and justice,
not vengeance to get back at somebody because we’re mad and we think it will
heal us by getting rid of them. No, that’s not the reason for the death penalty.
It’s to protect the innocent.
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I consider myself to be a good Christian. But, I struggle with the death penalty because I also believe in the death penalty. I am wondering if it is possible to be a Christian and still believe in the death penalty.
That’s a great question. Absolutely it is possible. It is possible to be a
good Christian and believe in the death penalty. It is possible to be a good
Christian and not believe in the death penalty. It doesn’t mean it determines
whether you are a Christian or not or whether you can serve God or not. Taking
justice and law into our own hands is something hat we just can’t do. We vote.
We pray for those in authority, but in the same way, our job as Christians is to
save people from spiritual death and to win them to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Whether they are found guilty and put through the death penalty legally, that
doesn’t need to be our responsibility. Our responsibility is to see them get
saved and come to the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, the answer to your question simply is by all means you can be a Christian
and believe in the death penalty. They are separate issues. Do I find that many
Christians believe in the death penalty? Yes, a lot of Christians do because
they want justice. They want the innocent to be protected. That really is the
key, we want the innocent to be protected, the guilty are not our responsibility
to give them all of the freedoms and all the rights that people who are innocent
have. Our justice system should be protecting the innocent, not be protecting
the guilty. We should be prosecuting the guilty to the full extent of the law
and extend mercy only when there are circumstances that require mercy. We extend
mercury spiritually by getting into those prisons, winning those men and women
to the Lord and then letting justice take its course.