By Mary E. Williams
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Most of us don’t need to be taught that murder is wrong. We kill those who rape and murder little girls so they will rape and murder little girls no more. ) And because it’s the only fitting punishment for so horrendous an act. My friend Tom Landess, who used to teach English at the University of Dallas, swears that when various forms of execution were being debated before the Texas legislature, an old Democrat stood up and harrumphed: “Lethal injection? ” As the Aussies say, good on you, mate.
You stand there for an instant, unmoving. Perhaps you take a last drag on your cigarette, drop the butt, step on it. Three pairs of eyes watch you. ” you scream defiantly. “I’m not going! Do you bastards hear me? ” They hear you. But you’re going nevertheless. They’ll take you by force if necessary. They have a job to do. You can whimper. You can cry out to God to help you, to save your life. But don’t expect a miracle. He won’t intervene. So ask only for the strength to die like a man. You can shrug.
Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil “We cannot teach that killing with good” (Rom. 12:19–21). ” Vengeance is never a worthy human motive. Our Scriptures direct us to a different ethic. The often-quoted proverb, “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” (Lv. 24:20), was not a prescription for revenge or a goad to further bloodshed, but a guideline to keep people from going beyond the original offense and escalating the violence. Jesus further clarified this position when he insisted that rather than retaliate on any level, we should offer the other cheek and extend our hand in blessing and healing (Mt.
Capital punishment by Mary E. Williams