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DocReits March 27, 2014 at 11:19 pm

Hi Robert,

I noticed the different undertones from the beginning of your post to the end. There was definite equivocation surrounding your conflict with the notion of “bad conduct”. I wish there was greater room for expansion, by you, upon that thought. I realize your space is confined by this format.

Even after the Christian “decides” where they stand upon the capital punishment question, there is the practical application in the US of the same. Capital punishment, in a word, is a mockery in our “justice” system. As most know, the appellate process, can last for 20+ years, while prisoners wait for execution. The average length of time between sentencing and execution is 178 months or almost 15 years(2011).

Even if you are a capital punishment proponent, the cost to the taxpayer of the appellate process, the burden upon the aggrieved’s family and yes, upon the death row inmate, is untenable in the current US justice system.



Robert March 30, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Hey Doc,
Always interesting posts from you. Maybe I can clarify my ‘bad conduct’ comment a bit. I don’t think our society, government, etc. has a Godly, biblical sense of what constitutes ‘bad conduct’ anymore. Oftentimes, I’ve seen gross immorality being accepted as normal, while Christians have been ruled against simply for standing up for clear biblical principals. I do not think a government of this caliber is capable of correctly administering capital punishment. Then, if we add all the points you quite rightly pointed out, it makes a case for capital punishment even less reasonable. Thanks for your input, Doc. Always a pleasure.
Yours in Christ,

David March 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

This is a tough issue, and as a Christian, I really dont know.
Was it right to execute Saddam Hussein?
It is so hard to be objective.
In the OT it was clear cut for the Israelites. But we are no longer under the Law.
We all were under the penalty of death until Jesus paid the ransom on the cross, for those who put their trust in Him.
I know in Europe there is no longer capital punishment, OK in Britain it still exists in theory, but is not practised, though there are many who would like it brought back.
How do the American people view this? Have there been any recent polls?
I would appreciate other views on this.
Blessings, David Central Europe.
P.S. As I say, my own personal opinion is, I really dont know

Robert March 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Hi David,
You always have an interesting take on these issues. I believe the death penalty could be an appropriate thing if, and only if, every person involved in the decision to execute (or not execute) was a committed Christian who sincerely submitted to God’s will. However, I know this is not the case, so I don’t know where I stand on the issue. As I said in my article, more prayer, study, and contemplation is necessary on my part to (possibly) come to a conclusion. Oh well, I never said I knew everything…ha…ha…ha. God bless you David.
Yours in Christ,

Patricia Schneider April 12, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Hello, Robert!
Another fine article w/Scriptures, my dear brother!! Also appreciated DocReits’ and David’s comments!!

Before I was born-again in God’s Holy Spirit, I was a proponent FOR ‘capital punishment.’
Now I favor life in prison as he/she may turn to God, get to know & love Jesus, and accept Him as his/her Savior!! How many prisoners have done so, became a NEW CREATION through JESUS!! HALLELUJAH, AMEN!!!

God’s wonderful blessings & His graces be showered upon you, Robert, and your family!!
Forever your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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