I will continue to cite the fact that we are a Christian nation whether non-believers want to realize it or not. 70% of the nation claim to be Christians. To be clear, we are still tolerant of other religions or the lack of religion which is why our Founding Fathers, who were Christians, decided that our FIRST AMENDMENT should contain the freedom of religion. In a republic, which contains democratic elements, the values that are placed into law are based on what the majority find to be acceptable. That is why our justice system does not decree that it takes 4 male eye witnesses to prove rape like Islamic nations require. As one nation under God, we respect his authority by centering our justice system on what he says. One of the things that he says is this:
Genesis 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.
Some find this as a possible contradiction to the commandment that states “Thou shalt not kill.” They also might wonder about how the Lord says “vengeance is mine.” The commandment speaks about murder. Murder is to kill a human with premeditated malice. A revenge killing is to kill a human with premeditated or unpremeditated passion. The elements of malice and passion are not applicable to the justice system. Therefore, the justice system is a tool of the Lord since its motivations do not stem from evil and is objective to the situation. That doesn’t mean that if someone breaks into your house and starts shooting that you have to wait for the justice system to sort it out though: you can defend yourself from harm.
Now that the Biblical foundation is evident, I want to dispel some of the talking points that opponents of capital punishment use. Opponents say that it neither protects citizens nor deters criminals. Think about this for a second. What prevents people who are not morally strong from killing, stealing, and destroying whatever they want? It is the fear of punishment. Just like what prevents people from speeding is the fear of a ticket. Here is a little bit of proof of what happened when the death penalty was temporarily banned and some other insightful facts:
In 1972, capital punishment was banned in the United States but reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976. During the abolishment of the death penalty in the U.S., the murder rate increased 100%. Human Events published the following statement by J.L. Jones: “The idea that capital punishment ‘deters no one’ does not explain the rapid rise of homicides in America while the death penalty was virtually outlawed. Deterrent or not, it effectively eliminates the possibility of a repeat crime.”
Concerning repeat crimes, this following excerpt is from the 1988 Standard Law Review: “Of the roughly 52,000 state prison inmates serving time for murder in 1984, an estimated 810 had previously been convicted of murder and had killed 821 persons following their previous murder convictions. Executing each of these inmates would have saved 821 lives.”
The State of Delaware executes more people per capita than any other state in the union and has a murder rate one sixteenth that of Washington D.C.—which has the highest violent crime rate in America.
One particular study shows that convicted criminals, at a ratio of five to one, believe that the death penalty would deter them from murdering their victims.
Another false talking point is that the death penalty is racist. I understand there are cases where two people commit the same crime and an African American may get a longer prison sentence or a prison/probation scenario compared to a white person, but those examples are few compared to the overwhelming consistency of our justice system. When it comes to the death penalty though, no such argument can be made:
The claim that the death penalty unfairly impacts blacks and minorities is a deliberate fraud. The majority of those executed since 1976 have been white, even though black criminals commit a slim majority of murders. If the death penalty is racist, it is biased against white murderers and not blacks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, blacks committed 51.5% of murders between 1976 and 1999, while whites committed 46.5%. Yet even though blacks committed a majority of murders, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reports: “Since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, white inmates have made up the majority of those under sentence of death.” Whites continued to comprise the majority on death row in the year 2000 (1,990 whites to 1,535 blacks and 68 others). In the year 2000, 49 of the 85 people actually put to death were whites.
The fear of punishment is what deters ANYONE from doing anything illegal or immoral. There is punishment for Christians and non-believers alike. A true Christian would never do anything to warrant capital punishment. I truly believe that. He may claim his faith, but I do not believe he or she would have ever known God. For us Christians who simply fail the Lord sometimes, we ask for forgiveness, strive to live better, and rejoice in the Savior. For non-believers, grace has not been poured out upon them because Jesus never knew them. If there was no legal system there would be widespread anarchy. The point is that murder and other atrocities like rape are dealt with by God through the legal system on earth, and through condemnation of the spirit in hell.
Deuteronomy 32:35 Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, In due time their foot will slip; For the day of their calamity is near, And the impending things are hastening upon them.