Death Sentence is Anti-Christian


There have been mixed feelings on the death sentence since we became a country.  The question that remains in debate: is the Death sentence cruel and unusual?

Today Philip Workman is on death row for killing a Memphis police officer.  This is the fourth time he is facing possible execution.  When asked about how he deals with it, Workman says he tries his best to “block it out”.  But how could he with his daughter and family sitting in the courtroom.  Sure, what he did was a travesty and should be punished – but it always saddens me to see our country use a practice that ancient civilizations utilized.  We’re supposed to be a progressive nation; we are supposed to be above “eye-for-an-eye” governmental policy.

 I would be surprised to see any self proclaimed Christian support the death penalty – that is hypocrisy at it’s finest.  During His sermon on the mount, Jesus told His followers:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. “ (Matt. 5:38-42) 

Let God deal with the individual.  When we issue the death penalty, we are certainly posing as gods.  It’s interesting that children are told from an early age that “two wrongs don’t make a right”, yet their role models (adults) actively demonstrate the opposite.  Can you be a Christian and believe in the death penalty?  Yes, perhaps on the surface.  But being a Christian means trying to act and live on Christ’s teachings (and that includes the teachings from the sermon on the mount).


5 Responses

  1. I will not disagree with you, if you will agree that we ship all violent convicted criminals to Siberia as part of our outsourcing project for updating our criminal justice system. I just want them gone for as long as possible, so they cannot inflict their meanness on unsuspecting individuals.

  2. Love it. But, I think you might be surprised to learn how many Christians support the death penalty.

    We’re at war in Iraq.

  3. Unfortunately, I am certain there are many Christians out there who believe in the death penalty. It appears that they let their human tendancies (revenge) trump religious convictions.

  4. Not ever having had to think much about it before, this was an intriguing topic – I hadn’t really thought that Christians would support it, because as you rightly say it is not for man to kill another for any reason – I even struggle with the whole concept of self defence in that sense, but pray I will never need to find out for real.

    At any rate, my personal view is that Christians should not support this as it is for God to determine the day of death not man, although He may use man for this purpose (in setting the date). We equally should not desire the criminal to suffer for years in prison to no end – we should (tough as it would be) pray for them to find Christ and seek forgiveness for their sins. For if they do, they will be truly remorseful, and some victims often state that that is all they desire, although I appreciate there are sadly all too many who seek revenge in their anger, and desire the criminal to pay as high a price (or higher) as they consider they are themselves. One of the hardest lessons for us to ever learn is to be able to love and forgive others who hurt us. Blessings, TKR

  5. The death penalty insults me. I do not come at this from a Christian perspective. It is truly a humnitarian one. I don’t find cause to destroy people..ever. Shipping convicts out of the country is such a dismissal of the topic. Hopefully, society can come up with realistic options that fall within reason. “Cleaning house” isn’t one!

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