By Stacy Swimp
The death penalty was first instituted by God Himself in Genesis 9:6:
“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
Revelation 13:10 reads:
“He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”
In Acts 25:11 the apostle Paul declares:
“For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.”
The Apostle conceded that Paul admitted that some things are “worthy of death,” and that he was willing to “die” if he was guilty of such an offense.
God left no doubt where He stands in giving government authority to, in HIS name, institute the death penalty, in Romans 13:1-4:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
The death penalty is clearly ordained by God and government is clearly called upon by God to execute the death penalty upon thoe absolutely guilty of murder.
Therefore, I must conclude that the death penalty is the will of God.
“If ye love me, keep my commandment”- John 14:5
Jesus said that the best way to honor Him and show him that we love Him is to obey His Word.
In this instance, we must demonstrate our love for God and commitment to honoring him by putting to death anyone who deliberately murders another human being.
It is to be done through the due process of the law, of course. However, if determined to be guilty by a just process, a murderer must be put to death.
“But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities: Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die. Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.”-Deut. 19:11
By allowing government to do what God ordains it to in executing murderers, our Republic takes another step in the right direction, in ensuring that “all is well” between us and God.
The death penalty is indeed a way of honoring God.