After a recent arrest of an abortion ‘doctor’ in Philadelphia (Dr. Kermit Gosnell), Prolifers have come out from the woodwork screaming ‘DEATH PENALTY’. True, this doctor did horrible gruesome things to children and women, but who is in charge of Life and death?
It’s hard to see people that say prolife but have a different view when the rubber meets the road. All Life is sanctified and given by God only and it is up to Him when death is necessary. These ‘Moderate Prolifers’ are the fair-weather friends of Life.
Many, many Evangelical Christians are in favor of the Death Penalty, even some that I know personally. If we give man the authority to kill, what have we to preach about? Life when it’s proper and lawful? How can that be when the Bible says ‘Thou shalt NOT kill’? This is the BIG question when we have to recognize the law of the land; but is it still wrong? YES.
Does God judge through man?
Yes, in Genesis 9:6 He plainly said: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.’
What is being taught in the pulpit, Life or death?
Christians love to bring up the Old Testament ‘eye for an eye’ mentality but the reality is that we are in a new covenant WITH Christ, ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself’.
Scripture balances Scripture.
Confusing? No, if God judges a man or woman to death, He will use whom He will use. However, if a man or woman takes the Life another, Leviticus 19:18 says, ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.’ Also, ‘For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.’
God is LORD. Just God. Through Him justice comes:
- At the altar – for forgiveness and restoration
- At the ‘woodshed’ – those he loves he chastises; sickness, finances
- Through His mercy – die prematurely
Christians should never believe in the death penalty BUT accept it as law, as Scripture says in Romans 13:
‘Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.’