Where Is the Peace?

Sometimes, things just don’t make sense.

Sam McCroskey, sentenced to life imprisonment

One person bludgeons four people to death in their home and and is sentenced to life imprisonment. Another person arranges and pays to have two people shot and is sentenced to death by lethal injection.

Admittedly, in the second case, the people killed are family, not strangers. But in that second case, the person–a woman–has an IQ of 72, meaning she is barely able to reason as an adult. And, of course, life in prison is no joy. But it has to be better than dying before your time.

How do we get ourselves in this fix?

I want to be transparent. I am unalterably opposed to using the death penalty. I was taught, “Thou shalt not kill,” and I believe it. Jesus said to love your enemies–and that does not seem to include killing them. I don’t understand why we kill people to show people that killing people is wrong.

Teresa Lewis, set to die Thursday

But even if I supported the death penalty, I think I’d squirm in this situation. Can we really hold this woman accountable to the extent that we can justify taking her life? And if she is expendable, is not the man equally so?

There is no peace in this.