Your Sex Takes Me To Paradise

Bruno Mars is a talented guy and seems like he has a blast performing. And then there’s this song:

“Your Sex Takes Me To Paradise.”

The song is obviously referring to sex outside of marriage. And it’s a little blasphemous; he sings, “I’m born again every time you spend the night.”

While a few years old, it catches the sexual ethos our day. When I hear it (it’s been on auto-play in my head for three days), the word “paradise” stands out in stark contrast to the word “sex.”

Paradise is a tall, tall order. Jesus called heaven “paradise,” knowing we’d all instantly picture a place of ultimate beauty and joy and perfection. It’s a “catch-all” word that brings to mind the perfect place in everyone’s mind (sociopath mind not included).

Soooo … sex equals paradise? Just for grins let’s see if sex lives up to the hype. And none of that biblical sex stuff – just society’s rule, which means “no rules!”

Easy one first: Weinstein. And every other guy like him. More like hell for the women.

Except, the folks horrified by him also scream “no rules” at any Nazi-fascist-Taliban-morality-cop that dares set boundaries. You know – like Mike Pence.

Not paradise.

Shack up sex: Apparently NOT paradise since shacking up before marriage skyrockets the probability of divorce. No Disney movie “happily ever after.”

Not paradise.

One night stands: If “paradise,” it wouldn’t be just one night. And it would be disease free.

The year 2016 was the BEST (meaning highest number) for new sexually transmitted disease rates (We’re No. 1!). Thirty years ago, I thought we’d be star trekking around the galaxy on skateboards. Instead, we’re just using technology to increase promiscuity and disease.

Not paradise.

Gender Bending: All the rage today, so it must be paradise! And from news/social media/Bruce Springsteen, you’d think at least 75 percent of the population must be bending. Actually, it’s less than one-third of 1 percent.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists gender dysphoria as a mental disorder. And it has to be bad because transgendered people have an attempted suicide rate of up to 48 percent.

“That’s because of oppression!”

Really? How much more oppressed can you be than in chains? Yet at the height of slavery in this country, there was never any report of mass-suicide watches on plantations.

It’s actually quite easy to understand and sympathize with suicidal thoughts a person might have if he thinks he’s actually in the wrong body.

Not paradise.

Homosexuality: I’m a societal leper for even pointing this out since homosexuality is 100 percent celebrated in all media – and if you think gay marriage is wrong, Sen. Corey Booker is coming for you like a modern-day Joe McCarthy. Because he’s wiser than 5,000 years of religious history, Moses, God, and Jesus.

But a summary of the 2016 NHIS survey (a government study published by Journal of American Medicine) says homosexuals “were more likely to report impaired physical and mental health, heavy alcohol consumption, and heavy cigarette use.” You can read more here, but bottom line – across all categories for men and women, risks increase, some by almost 100 percent.

Not paradise.

LAST ONE and our BEST HOPE: PORN! No other human emotions involved, no disease spreading (for the observer anyway), and it can be enjoyed in the privacy of your own home! Paradise at last!

Except according to Psychology Today, you will experience INCREASED isolation, INCREASED chance of divorce, and get this: DECREASED sexual satisfaction! Porn makes the sexual paradise Not … As … “paradisey.”

Bottom line:

God created male and female and designed them, so they fit together like puzzle pieces and become a whole. Don’t believe in God? OK – then consider this: All of the above will be evolved out – because it’s all damaging to the species. Survival of the fittest and all that.

And there is proof that the biblical design is excellent:

Rolling Stone magazine article, “The Joy of No Sex”: In 1994, “the University of Chicago released the most authoritative survey to date on American sexual behavior and created the first tremor of the current Christian sexual liberation. According to the survey the most sexually satisfied people in the country are not S/M aficionados in New York or free love fanatics in San Francisco. The people getting the most joy, pleasure and ecstasy from sex are Christian women in monogamous marriages – they’re physically and emotionally more satisfied with their partners and are more likely to have an orgasm every time they have sex than are people of any other religion or of no religion at all.”

Boom. Mic drop.

Sex is awesome! And God made it so.

But even done God’s way, it’s still nowhere near paradise.

C.S. Lewis is better than I in so many ways, and he clarified the ocean of difference between this world and paradise this way:

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

God made sex so fantastic, but what He has in store for all who worship Him will far outweigh anything we experience on this earth. Enjoy what He’s given! Often! But don’t confuse it with paradise – instead, let it remind you of His kindness and His promise that what is to come is infinitely better than anything you can ask for or imagine.

Amen amen.

-David

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Christians: Privileged or Persecuted?

According to a seminar at George Washington University, I’ve been getting “Christian Privilege” all my life! That’s on top of my patriarchal, white, gluten/peanut tolerating privilege!

But is that really true? Or is it one of those #FirstWorldProblems things?

Globally, the idea of Christian privilege is pure sophistry. Christians are the recipients of up to 80 percent of religious persecution around the planet, making it the most persecuted religion in the world. Worldwide, Christianity is the opposite of privileged unless you consider it a privilege that the day your faith is discovered in Somalia is the day you die.

“But we’re just talking about the evil empire – the United States, David.”

OK – let’s consider that. Christians in the United States don’t blow people up; they don’t riot in the streets; they do billions of dollars of good work. But they are still persecuted. Examples:

  • Facebook refused an ad from a Catholic University because it was too violent – it pictured a statue of Jesus on the cross.
  • Obama tried to force Hobby Lobby and The Little Sisters of the Poor to fund abortifacients against their Christian belief. Horrible people those “Little Sisters” – caring for the elderly poor and destitute as if they were family.
  • In 2012, Chick-fil-A owner Truett Cathy said he supports biblical marriage: one man/one woman. The mainstream media went ballistic, and his restaurants were vandalized and received threats of violence from homosexual groups.
  • A case is currently before the Supreme Court regarding a baker. The baker will sell homosexuals cupcakes, cakes and brownies, but, believing that same-sex marriage is a sin, won’t bake cakes for their marriage ceremonies. So Colorado is trying to force him to violate his religious beliefs.

None of that sounds “privileged” to me. One could argue that Islam is much more privileged that Christianity these days.

After 9/11, when Muslim terrorists killed 3,000 Americans, U.S. leaders went to GREAT PAINS to distance Islam from those guys who claimed to kill in the name of Islam.
After 9/11:

  • We were told we must watch out for “Islamophobia.” “Phobia” refers to an irrational fear – like the fear that one of the 100 million Muslims sympathetic to terrorism might fly a plane into a building in the name of their religion. Crazy.
  • George W. Bush, confronted with this act of terror, declared, “Islam means peace.” Wrong. Who advised this guy? It’s not a secret – Islam literally means, “submission.” I guess “peace” sounded better.
  • Both Bush and Obama refused to say the term, “radical Islam.” It’s not radical Christianity (they handle snakes) or radical Krishnas (used to accost you with love and bald heads in airports) or radical Girl Scout cookie pushers that are the problem.
  • Obama invited dozens of real Islamic terror suspects to the White House.
  • Obama criticized Christianity for the Crusades, which happened 1,000 years ago, but never criticized Islam for the terror of today.
  • Trump banned travel from seven of 50 Muslim majority countries (they were terror incubators); the mainstream media was apoplectic calling it a “Muslim Travel Ban.” Weakest ban in history since it left out 43 countries. “All Muslims are BANNED. Except for 86 percent of them. But it’s BIG BEAUTIFUL BAN.”

Bottom line?

  • Islamic terrorists kill 3,000 Americans, and everyone runs around making sure no one offends Islam.
  • Faithful Christians refuse to pay for abortion drugs or believe in biblical marriage, and they are the Taliban and must be destroyed!

So in one sense in 2018, anyone that goes around claiming Christians have special “privilege” is cloistered from reality.

But, I must admit, here in the U.S., every single person is a recipient of a specific type of Christian privilege. Here’s the truth. The United States is:

  • the greatest country in the world,
  • the safest country in the world,
  • the most prosperous country in the world,
  • the most secure country in the world, and
  • the freest country in all of history.

Why? Because of the Christian values and principles that informed its founding and governance. Christian values led to the forming of a country unlike any in history – dedicated to protecting the individual’s right to freedom and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

“But what about all the atrocities the U.S. has committed?” America has her flaws, but those flaws exist in spite of Christianity, when the U.S. has not fully embraced Christian values. And we work hard to right the wrongs: Slavery was the norm around the world, and we were the only nation in human history to fight a bloody civil war to end it.

In every election cycle, Barbra Streisand and her buddies declare they will leave the country if the conservative or Christian or Republican wins. And we wait, and we wait, but THEY NEVER LEAVE. THEY PROMISED! WHY WON’T THEY LEAVE?

Because there’s nowhere better to go.

Instead of “Christian privilege” seminars, there ought to be seminars everywhere on how you should thank your lucky stars if you’re an atheist, your lucky charms if you’re a witch, or whoever it is you worship, that you live in a country that was founded by Christians and/or those who respected Christianity and the Bible. Because you are more blessed than the 95-plus percent of the world’s population that lives elsewhere. You have freedom and liberty unlike any other people in history.

 

-David

This was originally published at WND.com.

 

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Get To Work Forgetting!!

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Beautiful wisdom from The Panda.

 

During the summer in college, I put in sprinkler systems with a New Yorker who was also a Doobie Brother (smoker not rockstar) with a massive walrus mustache. One of the funniest guys I’ve ever known – loved working with him.  And he loved the term “wayback machine” of Professor Peabody fame.  He’d say, “Where you gonna go Professor?” Then answer himself, “I’m gonna go…waaaaayyyyyback!” Then he’d laugh and laugh.

So would I.

But the truth is some people live their lives in the Wayback Machine. And that’s a horrible way to live. Here’s what I mean (illustration is not original with me):

Have you ever seen a really really bad movie? I mean one you REALLY hated? Maybe horribly made, or a comedy that wasn’t funny or maybe it was really offensive. Have you ever seen a movie and thought “that’s 2 hours of my life wasted!”

And did you watch that movie 3 times? 20 times? 50 times? 100 times? Ever watch a movie you hated 1000 times?

Of course not! Because that would be:

INSANE.

“Wow – this was painful the first 300 times – maybe 301st time is a charm!” And then, “I’m SHOOK! I’m WOKE! It was still horrible! Whew. Glad that’s over…wait a minute – maybe one more time – yeah – that’s the ticket!”

But we do just that in our mind.

We’ve all had that bad experience/bad fail/painful event that we rehearse over and over and over and over and over – and in some cases, a ONE-time event can give pain for years and years and years.

The Apostle Paul was an incorrigible man.

Acts 9:1 says “But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord…”

Have you ever “breathed” threats and murder? I’ve never even met someone like that and I’ve been in more than a few jails – that really is a deplorable.

And look one chapter back-Paul watches the murder of Stephen and believes it’s a wonderful service to God! Paul is literally the Taliban – a murderous thug.

But Jesus saves him – he’s radically changed. His sin is forgiven. All of it!

Sadly, for the next 50 years, Paul questions his faith and salvation and NEVER does anything for the Lord, because he keeps taking the wayback machine wayback and reliving his massive moral failure. He’s such a wreck he goes from doctor to doctor and walks around in pharmaceutically numbed state for the rest of his life.

WRONG!  He changes the world! He writes half of the NT. How does he do that? The answer is here:

“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past…” Philippians 3:13a

Paul doesn’t have a wayback machine; he doesn’t go see bad movies more than once; and he doesn’t relive his murderous past over and over again! That’s what Satan wants him to do. God wants him to move forward. Smart guy that Paul is, he listens to God.

How many times have you watched a bad movie from your past?

Maybe someone mistreated you – and you’ve relived it 1000 times. Stop letting that person live rent free in your head. Learn from it. Forget it. Move forward.

Maybe it’s a major fail. You were a complete and utter train wreck! And you keep rehearsing it over and over until it completely defines you. Learn everything you can from it. Make amends if it’s that kind of fail. Move forward.

As soon as that memory begins to play in your mind, seize it – isolate it – and cast it out. Replace that bad movie with praise to God for the sacrifice of Christ that has completely obliterated it. Because here’s the truth: if you’ve confessed it, made any amends needed, and received forgiveness through Jesus, then:

Satan won’t forget it, but God has (Isa. 43:25, Psalm 103:12, Heb. 10:17).
So don’t be like Satan, be like God.

CRITICAL ALERT

And don’t be that husband or wife or parent who makes your spouse or kid relive their failures over and over – that’s Satan’s job – do you really want to do Satan’s job in your marriage or for your kids? “I’d like to apply for the job of Chief Beelzebub in charge of guilt for my wife please!”

Back to You

Some of you will say, “I know I should forget my past, I just can’t.” Stop that – RAISE your standards and CHANGE your mind. Get rid of the “should.”  Replace it with a “must.” Get to work forgetting.

Failure in this is not an option. Your future depends on it. Tell yourself, “I MUST put those events in the past out of my mind because Christ wants to use my future. Paul is a lot worse than I’ve ever been, so like he says, I’ll forget the past and move forward to what lies ahead.”

Jesus is Lord of the future. So look to Jesus and lean in the direction He wants you to go. And get rid of the wayback machine.

Amen amen.

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Can A Christian Be a Doobie Brother?

The following was originally published by  World Net Daily here.

So a CNN reporter was riding the bong bus, marveling at a stoner gas mask and offering a hit on New Year’s Eve – but should a Christian smoke weed?

 A: Obviously not, David. It’s illegal in Texas. Dude!OK. What about California? It’s legal in California now. And Colorado! So it’s OK, right? I mean, “legal” means “permissible,” so it’s OK. Right? Check out the Wordage: Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1).

SEE! SEE! “Submissive to the rulers!” Since it’s legal in PROC (People’s Republic of California), let’s be godly submitters. And don’t bogart that joint, my friend! Pass it over to me!

Now, wait just a minute. Don’t get so excited, my doobie brother. Let’s think this through a little bit.

First, a social observation:

Smoke cigarettes? Culture says (I definitely do NOT say this) you’re a demon, a devil and a deplorable, and even if you smoke in your own home, we’ll hunt you down and put you in jail! OK, not yet, but give us time! For now, we’ll just tax your smokes into oblivion – which means we really can’t outlaw it because it’s such a great source of government revenue.

And your cancer-causing second-hand smoke is killing the world! (Full disclosure: smell of cig smoke on a cold, crisp morning fills my mind with great memories of deer hunting with my dad pre-fifth grade.)

I’ve never personally seen a modern movie/TV show where the smoker was the most loveable character in the movie. Maybe the toughest (fire in his mouth, gotta be tough), but not the most loveable.

Smoke weed? You freedom lover! You’re a cool dude who talks while holding your breath! You’re funny and the darling of pop culture – famous to millions like Cheech and Chong and Spicoli! Smoking weed is the subject of humor, and the pothead in a movie is always the most likable, with his “dude” and “tubular” and “gnarly.” I’ve never personally seen a pot smoker in a movie who was deplorable.

It’s perfectly acceptable to say you smoked weed as a kid because even presidents do it (Obama and Clinton). Everyone has done it, right (just for the record, I haven’t)?

So, if smoking a cigarette is so horrendous, and the anti-smoking crowd would love to outlaw it completely, it’s completely illogical that smoking cannabis would be looked at as acceptable in any way! It’s all smoke, carcinogenic and polluting! In fact, the logical response to the legalization of marijuana anywhere would be outrage, panic and hand-wringing. But no, the popular culture largely says it’s a beautiful thing, cute thing, freedom thing … dude. Unless you’re a killjoy, fun-hating narc.

Conclusion? Our crazy world is not the “go-to” for wisdom, logic, consistency or clarity on smoking weed.

What does the Bible say about it?

  1. The Bible doesn’t mention marijuana. Or doobie. Or maryjane. It does mentions grass! Darn! Wrong kind of grass. Just the kind cows eat.
  2. The Bible doesn’t mention “getting high.” Nobody in the Bible ever said, “When I get high I see Jesus.” But I heard someone say that at some time in my life. That is some kind of crazy.
  3. The Bible does say no to drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18). The reason is simple. It robs the individual of the ability to control himself. If you’re “controlled” by drunkenness, you can’t be “controlled” by the Spirit.
  4. Unlike alcohol (you can drink and not get drunk), you can’t smoke a joint (or eat a brownie) and not get high. The whole point is to get high.
  5. Getting high impairs you like getting drunk. “That’s totally bogus man!” Really? Consider this: In Colorado it is illegal to drive while drunk OR under the influence of MJ. Why? Because you are unable to control yourself. You may kill someone.Colorado governmental authorities (and ski resorts) see drunken folks and doobie brothers (or sisters) as equally impaired. (Smoke a joint on the slopes and you’ll be escorted off the mountain.) In this case Ephesians 5:18 (God says no to drunkenness) would come into play. Don’t be controlled by anything (like marijuana or drunkenness) but be controlled by the Spirit of God.

So, besides the fact that smoking weed is:

  1. a poor witness of a person who exalts Christ as King and Lord over all of life,
  2. a stumbling block for folks (nobody ever said, “I got a scholarship to college because of marijuana”),
  3. addictive,

the Biblical principle in Ephesians 5:18 of not being controlled by anything but the Holy Spirit of God would dictate abstinence from the use of marijuana.

Can I smoke weed and be a Christian? Sure. Faith in Christ is the only thing that saves me. But looking at Scripture, I’d have to say I’m a disobedient Christian. I’d be hard-pressed to say in any way that I’m really looking out for No. 1 (Jesus) in my life.

Amen amen.

 

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How Can I Fight ISIS If I’m Not Military, Police or Katy Perry?

The world is a horribly dark place as evidenced by the Islamic terrorist blowing himself up along with 22 kids and parents in Manchester.

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If you are in the military, you have a specific role in fighting the darkness.
Do it well. We’re for you.
Praise God for you!

If you’re in law enforcement, you also have a very specific role in fighting the darkness.
Do it well. I’m for you.
Praise God for you!

But if you are not in the military or law enforcement, and following Christ, what can you do? I mean really – what can we do beyond virtue signaling on social media – “I stand with Manchester! At home! I changed my profile pic on Facebook!” Beyond declaring group hugs and no borders and no walls like Katy Perry (who coincidentally lives in a bullet proof bubble with armed security and a wall around her house).

If I’m serious about following Jesus, and I sincerely want to make a difference, isn’t there something I can do?

God actually has a word for you.

In the very beginning, it was dark. In fact, there was nothing. And out of nothing, God created everything. And He said, “Let there be light.” And instantly, there was light.

The darkness was driven back by God’s light.

Fast forward many years, Jesus walked the earth, and He famously said,”I AM the light.” John 8:12IMG_0850

You could accurately proclaim, “That Jesus is lit!”

And about 60 years after Jesus was born there was a very dark city called Ephesus. Half a million people and none of them knew God. Instead, they worshiped the Roman god Diana or the Greek god Artemis. The worship included a lot of dark stuff including temple prostitution and horrific rituals.

Jesus (The Light) showed up in this town, in the form of a little church full of His followers.

And God told says to them in Ephesians 5:8, “For once YOU were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
And they, “Lit it up.”

So with that all in mind, His word for you?unnamed (1)

Be the light.

Not everyone can get in a jet and drop a MOAB on a hornets’ nest of dark hearts plotting murder and mayhem. Not everyone can go undercover and find people plotting the death of young girls leaving a concert.

But everyone who has Christ can be His light.

So do it. Be the light of Christ to change hearts and minds wherever God has called you to live and work. Ask God every day to use you to shine a light into the souls of people all around you.

Can that really make a difference?

Christ’s light is so powerful that when it shined into the soul of a seething murderous monster named Saul, it changed him into the greatest Christian to ever live – a man named Paul who God used to write half the New Testament.

And here’s the payoff:

The light you shine today might just fight back the darkness in a heart that could do tremendous evil tomorrow.

 

So in this dark and evil world, get lit! And light it up everywhere and every way you possibly can. unnamed (3)

“You are the light of the world—let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14, 16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Amen amen.

 

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Religion is a Crutch!

Madelyn Murray O’Hair (who fought successfully to remove prayer from school) famously said, “Religion is a crutch and only the crippled quote-religion-is-a-crutch-and-only-the-crippled-need-crutches-madalyn-murray-o-hair-117-14-62need crutches.” She was so crippled with hatred for her father that she chased him around the house with a butcher knife, trying to kill him.

Jesse Ventura said religion is a “crutch for weak-minded people.” Before he went out and sued the widow of the American military hero Chris Kyle. He was so crippled with…something…that he sued a widow.

Always a bad plan to attempt to deride religion by calling it a crutch.
First, some of the very best, most excellent people in history were…religious. Washington, Lincoln, Wilberforce, Tolkien, CS Lewis, Martin Luther AND Martin Luther King.

Second, there will come a day in every man or woman’s life when it will be proven that we are all crippled and in need of a crutch.

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Weak-minded people like Washington, Wilberforce, Tolkien, Martin Luther AND Martin Luther King (none of these weak-minded people sued a military widow).
WE all have bodies and minds that are broken and battered and bruised that will eventually die and decay.

WE are all crippled.

Some try to overcome it through bravado and bravery and pompous comments, some just hobble along until they die, and some deny it to the end.

The truth is…if I live long enough to see life beat the arrogance out of me, and I use just a little bit of the wisdom God gave me, I’ll get to that place where I personally realize that I, just like every other human being, am actually crippled.

I’m crippled in a hundred different ways. Do I need a crutch? You bet I do.


In John 6, Jesus does a remarkable thing. He’s massively popular with around 15,000 men, women and children following Him. So He preaches a sermon that DRIVES EVERYONE AWAY. He cuts His own popularity from 15,000 to 12 disciples!

He notices this and asks his inner circle of 12, “Do you want to leave Me to?”

And Peter the bold, Peter the outspoken, Peter the “often wrong but never unsure” has what may be his greatest moment of inspiration and clarity – he just nails it.

Peter says, “Lord, where would we go? You have the very words of eternal life.

The words of Jesus are more than clever prose or poetic expressions, they are life itself…for today and tomorrow and forever and ever and ever.


So I misled you a bit. Kind of.

Religion can be a crutch. Jesus is not. A crutch just helps a cripple hobble along, Jesus will carry us along, and in His Kingdom will heal completely.

Isaiah wrote about Him almost 3000 years ago. Isaiah 35:6 says “The cripple will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!”

I’m crippled in a hundred different ways. Do I need a crutch? You bet I do.  At my best, at my worst, I’m entirely dependent on Jesus…the one whose words are life itself…for today and tomorrow and forever and ever and ever.

Amen amen!

 

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Arkansas, God and Execution-4 Points

Arkansas is big in the news right now because the state is trying to get through some executions before their execution drugs expire. And some Christians are upset about it and arguing that God is against it (for the record, I love prison ministry, I share Christ with inmates several times a year and I love taking Communion with Christian inmates who are my brothers in Christ).

Now to be clear, reasonable people can disagree on the death penalty. It is harder to get executed if you’re rich and can buy the most expensive lawyer around. Every pro-bono attorney is not Atticus Finch. I’d argue those are obstacles to be overcome, not reasons to do away with capital punishment.

But there is one thing you cannot do if you take the Bible seriously:

You cannot argue that the God of the Bible is against the death penalty.

Last week Shane Claiborne, social activist, tweeted that the death penalty is a disgrace to Jesus.

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Sorry Shane. Not the Jesus of the Bible. Read Genesis 9:6.
Is that true? Is the death penalty a disgrace to Jesus?

I also came across an article a while back by a “pro-lifer” pleading that Christians MUST reject the death penalty in the case of people like Jack Jones (he raped and strangled Mary Phillips to death in front of her 11-year-old daughter who was tied to a chair) if they are truly pro-life.

Is that true? Does pro-life equal rejection of the death penalty?

On both questions the answer is, “No.”
Here are four reasons why:

1. God is FOR capital punishment.
No ifs, ands or buts. If you want to oppose capital punishment, don’t use God as your source. In fact, you could preface your argument with “I don’t care what God says about it!” Because that’s where you are. And that’s OK! Just be honest. I’m weary of people claiming Christ is against it. It’s in black and white.

The Words of God Himself:
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by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in His own image.
Genesis 9:6 (ESV)

“But that’s Ooooooold Testament. We’re in the age of grace.” Ok. A statement made from ignorance. But I’ll play along.

New Testament:
For he (the govt authority) is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s
wrath on the wrongdoer. Romans 13:4

That’s New Testament. And God says “if you do wrong, BE AFRAID“. And just in case you’re unclear on the weapon, the sword was not used:

  • to shackle a person,
  • to give a person mercy,
  • to taze them,
  • to rehabilitate them,
  • or to write them a citation.

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Some brutal weapons of destruction.
The sword is a brutal, painful and bloody weapon of destruction, used to “run a person through” so to speak. In short – to execute them. And the sword bearer in Romans 13:4 is God’s instrument of justice and wrath.

So Old Testament, New Testament, God never, ever gives any indication that He is against capital punishment, and in fact, endorses it. Why? Because God values life – He made man in His own image. And He punishes the taking of it. 

2. It is a grave injustice to equate abortion and capital punishment.
When someone argues that to be truly “pro-life” you have to be anti-capital punishment, they are making a horrendously (and I’d argue inhumanly) unjust statement. It’s saying that the murder of an innocent baby is the same as the Biblically endorsed execution of a man who brutally raped and murdered a woman in front of her daughter.

That is sick and twisted and is an indication of a morally compromised mind.

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This statement is evidence of a broken moral compass.
An innocent baby is not equal in any way to a guilty murderer.

They are not the same. Not in God’s eyes. Not in any sense of justice. Only in a skewed “God’s so impotent and weak that justice is just not even in His framework” sense does this view work.

3. Pleading mercy for a murderer is not necessarily noble OR pro-life.
This point I find most offensive. There’s something particularly unsettling and untoward about Christians who are not the injured party pleading mercy for a murderer.

If you are injured, you have standing to plead for mercy for the aggressor. If your loved one is murdered, I suppose you have some standing to argue for mercy for the murderer.

But if you sit in another state, unaffected by the crime, suffering no loss, suffering none of the pain of the crime, pleading mercy for a murderer does not make you noble or necessarily pro-life. In fact, I’d argue it makes you:

arrogant,
unjust,
lacking in compassion for the true loss of the victim’s loved ones.

And I’d say you have an unhealthy appetite for mercy that doesn’t cost you a thing.

At the very least you have diminished the value of the life taken and the pain and suffering of the victim’s loved ones.

4. Capital punishment doesn’t keep a person from repenting and finding Christ.
Some, with a warped view of justice, argue that when a person is convicted of murder, that we should seek their salvation instead of their just end (according to God’s Word: Gen. 9:6, Romans 13:4).

The two are not mutually exclusive. It’s not either/or. You can give the death sentence in a court of law (no one’s talking about vigilantism here) and still share Christ with someone. As mentioned before, I share Christ with inmates several times a year. I love it when anyone gives their life to Christ!

And the truth is, death sentence for a brutal crime could be a great motivator for repentance. Who wants to stand before God with the stain of brutality and murder on their soul?

You have to look no further that the thief on the cross in Luke 23. It was on the cross, hours away from death…when faced with his own mortality that the thief repented and was granted salvation by none other than Jesus in the flesh. Jesus didn’t save him from execution. Jesus saved him from hell. A much better salvation. 

Why does this matter?

Because Christians need to be people of the Word. People who know it, understand it, and follow it. People who do not misquote it or use it as a shill for their own agenda. And Christians need to be people of justice. Seeking justice and mercy for the victim, whether the victim is a baby killed in the womb, or a man or woman murdered on the street.

God is very clear on capital punishment. He offers salvation to all – the liar, the gossip, the thief and even the murderer. But nowhere in Scripture, NOWHERE in Scripture, does He offer rescue from the just punishment for crime. Rather He sets up governments to institute that justice and defend the defenseless.

God is for capital punishment.

 

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