****WARNING CONTROVERSIAL MATERIAL****
***Based on OPINION***
I usually play it safe when it comes to issues that can pull on people’s emotions in different ways, but today is different. For those of you who don’t know I am a Christian (you can probably guess that from my posts). However, what you may not know is that I am someone who is determined to make an impact in a corrupt and unfair justice system. Another fact about me is that I do not agree with the death penalty, AT ALL. (This is not to take away from what the families of victims feel, because i cannot imagine the amount of hurt that comes from having a loved one taken away by the hands of another human being.) I can see the death penalty and argue against it from most perspectives, and for the sake of keeping this relevant to the content of my blog I want to share my views on it from MY perspective as a Christian. This is my opinion, not biblical fact: I find it amusing when i see a case about someone who is sentenced to death. The details of their case are laid out, and then I see comments such as “they deserve to die,” or “I hope they rot in hell.” While I do NOT believe that behaviors that put you in a circumstance of being on death row should be excused in ANY way, I find it almost amusing that people are so quick to condemn these individuals to hell. These are a couple of the reasons of why I feel this way (there are more but this post is getting lengthy already):
1. Even if the convicted person is executed, if they truly have accepted Jesus as their Savior before its too late YOU JUST MIGHT look up in heaven and see them whenever that day may come. God is not a respecter of persons, and even Paul who martyred Christians went on to be one of the greatest Apostles. There is absolutely no PERSON who is out of the reach of God. He says himself, what is impossible for man, is possible with God.
2. We ourselves were once sentenced to death. Romans 5:12 Says: “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” and then Romans 5:18 says: “Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone. ”
So basically, we were sentenced to death, and God gave us this AMAZING opportunity to accept a plea bargain. A Plea bargain is: “an agreement between a prosecutor and a defendant whereby the defendant is allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge rather than risk conviction for a graver crime.” Jesus died in place of us in order to pay for our sins, give us a relationship with God, and cover us in his blood to be not guilty. We should not be so quick to through people in the fire because of this, but we should be praying for them. There is an choice that they have to make, they can accept the eternal sentence or accept the plea bargain.
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.”
You see how it says “He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent?” It doesn’t say He doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed except for murderers, and rapists.
Should they pay for their crime? ABSOLUTELY! Should we condemn to hell? Nah, because the truth is some people thought that we ourselves were too far gone for God to reach us, but he did. Instead of being so quick to write them off, it is my opinion that we should be encouraging them through prayer to take the plea bargain.