Ten years seem a long time to wait for justice against Osama Bin
Laden; we would rather have got him in a year or
Imagine if the victims of other capital crimes felt the same way.
There is an odd parallel here with the course of justice for these
other victims. In our system, if lawmakers have not subverted the
death penalty in the relevant jurisdiction, a capital criminal is
convicted by due process, spends 10 years on death row while his
victims await justice, then he is executed. Osama was given a
summary conviction on the wartime order to take him dead or alive,
spent 10 years a fugitive from, and then died at the hands of the blood
avenger. Does the course of these events show us something about
our own justice system?
As a consequence of the delay of Osama's execution, we know that
terrorists are not as filled with the fear of retribution for their
deeds as swift retaliation would have brought. In the same way
the violence of our nation rages unrestrained by the sort of swift and
strict justice that would abate it.
heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. (Ecc
Those who have good sense about justice regard it in terms that agree
with the Bible. And yet many would enact laws contrary to the
Bible to the harm of our nation. Consider that many strive to
abolish the death penalty contrary to this wisdom:
shed: for in the image
of God made he man. (Gen 9:6)
After the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona, CNN
journalist Ali Velshi said something
like "The problem is that criminals on the street have guns," then
followed with the common rationalizations for gun control. Wisdom
was on his tongue in the phrase "criminals on the street", then passed
without figuring in the remainder of his reasoning based on "have
guns". The misrepresentation of single-shot repeating weapons
(aka semi-automatic) as automatic weapons during times of report of gun
violence is a more deceitful attempt to bend public opinion.
Although they have the right to their opinion, these would
deny us our Second Amendment rights to defend ourselves. Does the
Bible uphold lethal self-defense, the most effective deterrent to
crime? Indeed it does:
struck so that he dies,
there will be no bloodguiltiness on his account. But if the sun
has risen on him, there will be bloodguiltiness on his account. He
shall surely make restitution; if he owns nothing, then he shall be
sold for his theft. (Ex 22:2-3 NASB)
The latter part of this passage is to prevent self-defense from
becoming a pretext for murder. The last statement regarding being
sold for his theft, regarded a temporary arrangement to work off the
financial loss involved, similar to some practices considered fair in
our culture such as community service, prison work, or service in a
chain gang. Persons who keep these in
bondage past the point of repayment were in transgression and were
condemned by the prophets.
Although his words and teachings are the most often misquoted in
support of pacifism, even Jesus advocated self-defense in the face of
hath a purse, let him take
it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his
garment, and buy one. (Lu 22:36)
The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is startling proof
that our Founding Fathers had
wisdom from the Bible that many do not possess today.
May 12, 2011 Created.
May 12, 2011 Added additional explanation of some point thought
possibly to be misunderstood.