i just had a nice discussion about seminary...and christians...and capital punishment....and abortion....and politics.
i just can't figure out how some people so heartily support the death penalty but then think abortion is one of the worst things someone could do. not that i think that abortion is right...but isn't taking a life taking a life regardless of what kind of life it is...innocent or guilty? what happened to sanctity of life for all people?
i guess i just wrestle with capital punishment. i must confess that my heart is usually sad when i hear about an execution. does that make me a bad person? i don't think so. i can't wrap my mind and my heart around this. life is so precious.
i think part of this for me goes back to my hdfs days and discipline. how does hitting a child for hitting their brother, sister, friend, etc. show them that hitting is wrong? likewise, killing someone for killing someone does not seem to make much more sense to me.
but if something happened to someone that i loved, would i feel the same way? i don't know. it just makes me sad that our system...that is not always reliable...has so much power to take away life. it is just a very tough topic that i have never had any personal experience with and really hope that i never have to.
here's what the united methodist church has to say about the death penalty:
We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings. The United Methodist Church is deeply concerned about crime throughout the world and the value of any life taken by a murder or homicide. We believe all human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty (capital punishment), then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person's life ends. We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that the possibility of reconciliation with Christ comes through repentance. This gift of reconciliation is offered to all individuals without exception and gives all life new dignity and sacredness. For this reason, we oppose the death penalty (capital punishment) and urge its elimination from all criminal codes.
From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2004.