I once believed that capital punishment was necessary and a biblically authorized way to deal with serious crime. I was told that it was a deterrent and that only the worst-of-the-worst would be subject to this sentence.
I don't believe any of that anymore. Through study, interviews with those who work in prisons, interviews with the incarcerated and reading about this topic I've turned into an opponent of the dealth penalty in the US for a number of reasons.
Now that DNA testing has freed so many who were on death row as well as so many others who were falsely convicted but not given the death penalty, the types and frequency of errors that send innocent people to prison make me doubt that it is a moral to maintain a dealth penalty. There is no doubt that innocent people have been executed recently.
Another reason I don't believe in the death penalty is that it is not a punishment for the worst-of-the-worst in many or even most cases. The idea that a person can be reprobate, unable to receive God's grace or improve his/her life is not a biblical concept. Furthermore, many are on death row for being an accessory to a murder, while the one who committed the murder received a lesser sentence.
There is no evidence that capital punishment serves as a deterrent to serious crimes. These are mostly committed out of passion, not out of reasoning. They are far too common among people from poorer neighborhoods and broken families who have been bombarded with violence and influenced by violent people from their youth. Most are people younger than 25 who have not yet developed their ability to project consequences from actions.
For these reasons and more, I no longer believe that Christians should support the death penalty. I look forward to your comments and perspectives.
Edited by sweethomeliving, 03 December 2013 - 12:13 PM.