This post was written for Missio Alliance.
With more botched executions and Tennessee senators voting to reinstate the electric chair, the age-old death penalty debate resurfaces.
For Christians, the issue is quite revealing. Jonathan Merritt (RNS) reported on a study by the Barna group, showing that while 90% of practicing Christians believe that Jesus would oppose execution, 40% support it anyway. That is some serious cognitive dissonance. I don’t think this is what Jesus meant when he said, “Don’t let your left hand know what your right is doing.”
Now, I’m not so naïve as to think that a blog will settle the issue once and for all. However, perhaps a few thoughts and pointed questions can help bring some harmony to the dissonance.