Jesus and the Death Penalty

February 26, 2006

I am not a clever man, and I often miss things. One thing that I fail to understand is how someone nominally a Christian can support the death penalty. This isn't so much confusion about how a person in general could support the death penalty -- while I don't, I can see the rational behind it. Yet, let's suppose that you believe that God manifest as man. And of all of the many life-ending things to get Him, among those countless possible ends, He met His through execution. Jesus was killed through the state-run death penalty. Now, if that were your belief, don't you think that there would be some reason to distrust the death penalty? This same thing that killed your God -- the state deciding to end the life of one of its citizens -- is still being used today.