By Ken Blue
Americans are still in shock and disbelief that the young man, James E. Holmes with perfect grades and no history of mental illness, could have committed the horrific crimes of attempted genocide in a theater and at his home in Aurora, Co. The pundits and counselors are confident that he must be insane; to conclude otherwise would force one to admit that he was just plain evil. However, the word “evil” has some suggestion of morality or of right and wrong. To go there is getting too close to something that might suggest a moral standard giver like God. So, they choose shock and disbelief.
The anti-gun liberals are quick to penalize all Americans by taking away another constructional right from them. They will exploit this crime until the last drop can be twisted from it too take guns from all Americans. This is their agenda. So, is there another solution that is sure to work that the liberals purposefully ignore?
The Bible has always had the correct answer to the crime of murder. We are aware that the anti-gun crowd is also anti-Bible. Well, we are against all those who exploit every crime to take away our constructional rights! What does the Bible say a nation should do to those who purposefully murder others? We shall see.
Exodus 20:13 “Thou shalt not kill.”
Exodus 21:12-14 “He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death…14 But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.”
Numbers 35:30 “Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.”
Numbers 35:31 “Moreover ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.”
Romans 13:1,4 “ Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God…4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
The purpose of the death penalty is the exercise of justice. It also rids the land of those who murder others, and it sends a message to all who would commit murder. If you murder someone you will pay with your own life. This will not stop all murder. However, those executed will not kill again, and most of those who consider it will have something to think about.
This verse is the heart of the whole matter. Ecclesiastes 8:11 “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.