In 1846, the state of Michigan was the very first to abolish Capital Punishment. Now, in 1999, the question of reestablishing Capital Punishment has risen up through a case brought on by the Jenny Jones show. In this case, an innocent homosexual man had to die, because the straight man, to whom he proclaimed his love, couldn’t handle the fact that a gay man was in love with him. In effect, the Michigan House is debating if they should put Capital Punishment on the November 2000 voting ballet. As read in the lead editorial of the Kalamazoo Gazette, they strongly urged Michigan to continue in being the first state to thoroughly abolish Capital Punishment and to lead all the other states in our mission, the mission to abolish all sorts of Capital Punishments. However, as a young Christian woman, I must strongly disagree with the above statement made by the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Being a Christian, I must always go back to the Bible to find the answers to the many questions I have in life, and that is exactly what I did when I was asked to write this very essay. The first piece of scripture I found supporting Capital Punishment was in Genisis 9:5-6. In this little piece of scripture it says, and from each man too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man. Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed for in the image of God has God made man. I believe that this states that God, in the Old Testament, believed Capital Punishment was the correct way of punishing a person who killed, and I must agree. It has always been my opinion that a person who takes another’s life, shouldn’t be allowed to live their lives to the fullest. Why should they be allowed to be happy, have a family, and live after they have stolen that from another?
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I know that many would object to this since it is in the Old Testament and that God sent Jesus to revise his laws. That is why I choose the following piece of scripture to back my opinion up. It says in Romans 13:1-4 that the authorities that exist have been established by God, consequently, he who rebels against them is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and he will commend you. For he is God s servant to do you good, but if you do wrong be afraid for he does not bear the sword for anything. He is God s servant an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. To me, this reinstates exactly what the passage in Genesis says, and what I have always believed to be right.
However, the only crimes I believe this is for, are the capital crimes in our nation today. People need to learn that they can t get away with everything that they do and that there will always be some major form of punishment awaiting their evil deeds. Here is just some more food for thought to whomever this may concern. My Civics teacher Mr. Bailey told me that Canada, the nation just next to us, has Capital Punishment and that their crime rate is less than half of what ours is without Capital Punishment. This lead s me to believe that Capital Punishment would establish some fear in those who have had thoughts of killing another, and would make our government less tolerant of those kinds of crimes. We can t let people strike fear into a community, and let them get away with it. There has to be some point in time where we draw the line to ensure some sense of security for the American people of today, and the future. All in all, I think that I have stated my opinion very well, and would hope to maybe convince some of the people who believe Capital Punishment to be wrong.