“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
It is quite common for conservative Christians to point to the legalization of abortion and even sodomy as crimes for which God will judge our nation. While this is undoubtedly true, another crime rarely gets the same degree of attention: the completely unbiblical practice of not executing murderers.
Requiring the death penalty for murderers is one of the most fundamental principles of Biblical law. This requirement was given by God to Noah and his sons following the flood, and the reason for the requirement is clearly stated: because men are made in God’s image, therefore someone who violates this image through committing murder must be put to death.
Our country’s absurd system of life imprisonment (or often much shorter sentences) and endless, decades-long appeals on death row is an affront to God.
This absurdity is highlighted by a recent decision by the Supreme Court regarding a murderer whose lawyers claim can no longer remember his crime:
“The Supreme Court sent a case concerning a death row inmate, who claims he can no longer remember his crimes because of several strokes he had while in prison, back down to the lower courts to take a second look…
States are forbidden from executing individuals whose mental state precludes them from understanding the reason for punishment.”
From an earlier article reporting on the original stay:
“Madison has been convicted three times in the shooting of Mobile police Cpl. Julius Schulte, who was responding to a April 1985 domestic disturbance call. Madison, who was on parole, sneaked up behind Schulte and shot him twice in the head, according to court documents. He also shot his girlfriend, who survived her wounds.
At his first and second trials, Madison argued that he was not guilty because he was mentally ill. At his third trial, he argued self-defense.”
The death penalty was imposed on Madison in 1994, and yet somehow he has been allowed to live for decades.
This case is a clear example of fallen man attempting to deny and circumvent God’s law. There is nothing in the Bible to suggest that a murderer must remember his crimes in order to be executed. The penalty is based on the severity of the crime, not the inner thoughts of the criminal.
The Bible tells us that innocent blood cries out to God for vengeance (Genesis 4:10), and we put our entire community at risk when we refuse to execute this judgment according to God’s Word.