Government poll (Rich Mullins quote)

21 10 2008

If you know me well, you know that I absolutely LOVE Rich Mullins.  I have ever since I was introduced to his music back in the early 90s.

Today would have been his 53rd birthday (wow).

So, in honor of the greatest song writer of our time, I have decided to post one of his quotes followed by a fun little poll.  This quote has always resonated with me and is especially poignant in this the last couple weeks until election day.

“there can be no doubt that governments that are controlled by men are without exception anti-life and anti-Christ”

OK, here is a fun little poll.  If you like, please post reasons for your response in the comments section.


Supreme Court – Capital Punishment decision

25 06 2008

Supreme Court

Here’s why I think the Supreme Court made the right decision today to prohibit the death penalty as a punishment for child rape:

  1. The risk of innocent people being convicted in these types of cases is too great for such a punishment.  I believe that false convictions happen way more than anyone wants to acknowledge, especially in cases like this where the prime witness is likely a child and especially in cases like this of sexual misconduct.
  2. Having the death penalty in place for someone who rapes a child practically incentivizes them to go ahead and kill the child.  If they know they have committed a crime that will get them put to death, there is no reason not to go ahead and kill the child to reduce their chances of getting caught.  Hopefully today’s decision will save lives.
  3. Child rapes are often committed by a trusted adult.  If the child tells the truth and gets that trusted adult in trouble.  And, that leads to a punishment of death, that child could endure additional emotional trauma if they feel that they are the reason that the rapist was put to death.

Pro-Life / Pro-Death

24 06 2008

Pro Life

I read this article yesterday.  It’s an interesting write-up on the “young” evangelical voting group and their Shane Claiborne - The Irresistable Revolutionpotential impact on the upcoming election.  (I place the word “young” in quotations because the article ranges this group between 18-29, but I still consider myself in the young christian crowd at 31:)).  The article is interesting to me for a variety of reasons.  One reason is that it references Shane Claiborne – author of an outstanding book I read a few months ago called The Irresistable Revolution – Living as an Ordinary Radical.  (If you haven’t read this book, please buy it and read it).

But there was something else in the article that really caught my attention that I want to focus on for this post.  Speaking about this “young” evangelical group of voters, the author of the article said:

“Most favor stricter laws to protect the environment, for example, an issue not typically associated with Republican platforms, yet remain conservative on issues like opposition to abortion and support for the death penalty.”

OK, does this bother anyone else?  This is something that has perplexed me for quite a long time.  How can anyone be an opponent of abortion and a proponent of capital punishment at the same time?  How can you call yourself pro-life and yet support something called the death penalty?  These two hot-button issues seem to be completely at odds with each other.  But, it always amazes me the number of people I know who are pro-life and pro-death at the same time.

Of course, I do understand there is a fundamental difference between the life of an innocent unborn baby and that of a death-row convict.  But, is there really a difference in the value of their lives?  Does God love one more than the other?  I personally don’t think so.  I think God loves each human being the same and the value of our lives stems from that love.  So, in my pro-life way of thinking, I can’t make a distinction between the killing of unborn babies and the killing of rapists and murderers.  To me, killing is wrong no matter the target.