The recent push to abolish the death penalty in California is one of the hottest political issues which draws a lot of media attention.
Attorney Don Heller and Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, along with the American Civil Liberties Union, are behind Senate Bill 490, which, if passed, will abolish capital punishment in California. I believe this would lead to more heinous crimes being committed.
Cory Salzillo, legislative director for the California District Attorneys Association, says, "Retroactively commuting condemned inmates' sentences to life would probably violate the constitutional separation of powers between the legislative and judiciary that imposed the sentences."
Abolishing the death penalty "is extremely unfair to victims' families that have been promised ultimate closure," Salzillo went on to say.
The government has a right to exist, make laws and exact penalties on those who violate those laws.
As Christians, we shouldn't be interested in what organized groups or educated "authorities" have to say regarding this issue.
God is the one who instituted the death penalty (capital punishment). God Himself is over all civil rulers, and His laws are above all civil laws.
It is up to men to make sure that their systems of government reflect what is right and just. Civil rulers will answer to God for their actions and policies.
In Genesis, Chapter 6, God Himself executed the death penalty on humanity for the wickedness of the populace (Genesis 9-6).
In Romans 13:1-7, the Apostle Paul states that one of the means of God's vengeance is in the hands of civil government. Such government (including California) is a "minister of God."
"He beareth the sword not in vain, for he (the power of government) is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath (death) upon him that doeth evil." the 714 "condemned inmates" on California's death row, according to Attorney Don Heller, cost California taxpayers $184 million a year because of the cost of "trying death penalty cases, defending the state through appeals courts and incarcerating condemned inmates on death row."
Our justice system is broken.