Agree or Disagree: Christians should support the death penalty


If you are Albert Mohler Jr, your answer would be Agree.

How would I know that?

Well, he wrote this blog encouraging Christians supporting the death penalty.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/05/01/why-christians-should-support-the-death-penalty/

I would like to highlight a point from his blog. It’s about Christianity and morality.

American society is quickly conforming to a secular worldview, and the clear sense of right and wrong that was Christianity’s gift to Western civilization is being replaced with a much more ambiguous morality.

We have lost the cultural ability to declare murder – even mass murder – to be deserving of the death penalty.

What might be of concern for people like Albert Mohler is some recent survey on the topic. As a matter of fact, a recent survey shows that a majority of Christians would disagree with Mohler.

Here’s a recent blog from Jonathan Merritt highlighting some numbers. In particular, I would site the numbers around those born between 1946 and 1964. A general perception would be, and please excuse the term, “old school”. Likely a bit more traditional or conservative thinking people.

They show a number of only 42% of that group support the death penalty. Read more here.

http://www.religionnews.com/2014/01/17/among-us-christians-declining-support-death-penalty/

Now, for many Christians, the instant answer around anything is well Jesus. So a fair question would be what Jesus would think about the death penalty.

I have had many of conversations with Christians saying that Jesus WOULD support the death penalty. One argument I have heard is the fact that Jesus was on the Cross and did not say anything. So, He clearly is for right?

This article would disagree. It would argue Jesus did not support the death penalty. Here’s a quote from this post that I would like to point to.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/05/jesus-death-penalty/361649/

Many forget that Jesus once served as a one-man jury on a death-penalty case. In a famous New Testament story, an adulterous woman was dragged to Jesus’ feet. The woman was guilty of a capital offense and had been caught in the act by at least one witness. The law mandated her death but Jesus prescribed a different response: “Let whoever is without sin cast the first stone.” He was teaching that only a perfect being—only God—should have power over death and life

Now, there has been some recent discussion if the story of the woman caught in adultery really happened. That’s a debate for another day and another time. For now, let’s discuss this.

Do you think Christians are obligated to support the death penalty? Actually,let’s take this one step further as well. Because this has been something I have been thinking about. The idea that certain Christian thinkers feel that Christians should think one certain way.

What do you think about Christians strongly suggesting that other Christians one specific opinion on topics like the death penalty, abortion,  and homosexuality? Is that a good idea?

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