I am not an enthusiastic fan of the death penalty. There are two reasons:
1. I don’t have much faith in our government. When we make it too easy to implement the death penalty, we are not careful enough. We risk executing the innocent. When we make it too hard to implement the death penalty, the cost becomes absurd. Unfortunately, we are usually at one extreme or the other.
2. Someone has to kill the condemned. Even when someone has committed the most vile crimes, they remain human. Even when someone has been carefully tried and convicted, we always have a trace of doubt. If nothing else, we wonder if God approves. So it is not easy for a jury, a judge, and an executioner to pass judgement, put someone to death, and rest easy in their sleep.
So should we use capital punishment? What would King Solomon have said?