Undecided: My Heart.
A woman is beaten so badly that she is unrecognizable. She was walking home after her birthday supper with her family, when she was attacked from behind. The only things she saw were the black gloves as they descended on her throat. She passes out. When she wakes up, a man is leaning over her, and she begins to scream. She’s hysterical. The man tried to calm her, but she’s inconsolable. A nearby jogger on a trail hears her screaming. The jogger cuts through a trail, takes a quick look at the scenario, and leaps on the man. Another jogger, from the opposite direction, hears the same screams and comes to investigate. When the 2nd jogger arrives, the woman screams and says she’s been assaulted. The second jogger calls 911.
The police arrive, arrest the man, and send the woman to the hospital. She gives account of what happened, and the joggers give the same. The man arrested is charged and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Yay. Case closed.
This happens all over the world. Unfortunately, the man arrested was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. His name is Dave… he’s 33, has a wife that was his high school sweetheart, and 3 daughters. His wife is pregnant with their 4th child. He took a walk that day, needing to pray and ask the Lord for direction. He walked around a corner and saw a woman, beaten, lying in the dirt…
I wonder how often this happens to people who get the death penalty for their sentence? They get to die because of bad timing.
And of course, this is when the stereotypical Christian chimes in with “well, an eye for an eye!” Well, I’ve always been a believer of the death penalty…until recently. I’m not so sure anymore that the decision of life or death should be left in the hand’s of a mortal, imperfect human being. Doesn’t scripture tell us NOT to recompense evil for evil?
No matter how I try to wrap my head around this, I can’t seem to come up with an answer… which is why I’ve decided to write about it. Maybe I will get some direction or other opinions that will make me settle this issue in my heart.
I can speak honestly and say that I have certainly not gotten everything I’ve deserved in this life…the mercy of God has been granted many times in my favor. I can’t help but wonder how some Christians are so willing to be critical of others, almost taking pleasure in seeing them punished. This baffles me.
I feel no joy when another is punished, only sorrow. I can’t help but hurt for them, even if they DID do something wrong. I guess I feel this way because I KNOW I’m not flawless. I KNOW I have fleshly desires. I KNOW I am not above any man. I remind myself, “It could be you, Samantha.”
So, the next time you want to point your finger, take joy in another’s pain, or cast your stone…Remember this: “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth; take heed, lest ye fall.”
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Samantha (or “Sammy-O” as I call her) is a very dear and special person in my life. We met as a result of a long, dramatic argument on facebook. 🙂 We were arguing over a mutual friend actually… over who loved her more. Ha! It seems so trivial now… but out of that epic, threat-filled argument bloomed a beautiful friendship that I wouldn’t trade for the world. She is the proud mommy of five beautiful girls and has a sense of sarcastic humor unlike anyone else I’ve ever met! She is the writer of Step Mommas and will captivate your heart with the real-life stories she shares on her blog.
Posted on March 2, 2011, in "Guest Post" March, Guest Post and tagged "Guest Post" March, criticism, Death, death penalty, Guest Post, Jail, Judgement, Justice, Mercy, Prison. Bookmark the permalink. 18 Comments.