Lauren Mathew
Lauren Mathew

The AP Government students of Van Wert High School will be submitting a weekly editorial to inform the public on a variety of issues. They have been encouraged to research, take a position, and defend their reasoning for having such thoughts. The purpose of these editorials is to provide awareness and knowledge for the community and to be thought provoking. The views expressed in these editorials do not represent Van Wert High School, and are written solely by the student author.

There has been much debate over whether the death penalty should be eliminated or continued as is. Should someone who has taken the life of a person, have their life taken from them to equalize their act of murder? It seems odd that our country would denounce the practice of murder by committing the very same act. When a loved one or even any other person is murdered, it is only reasonable to want that person to be punished. Yet it is difficult to say who has the final decision of whether a person should live or die. There are so many factors that play into determining whether the accused is innocent or should serve punishment. From a range of whether the action was completely planned out to an act of insanity, we should not judge. For Luke 6:37 states, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

It is stated in the Bible that murder is a sin, but getting even is not the answer. Romans 12:19 says, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’” Due to my faith in the Bible, I believe it is not the people’s fate to decide the death of another human being. Who are we to judge the actions of those who have murdered? It is understandable that the families and friends of the lost loved one would coincide with having the death penalty, but in the end the judgement of God is more important than what the government decides. Death is not to be taken lightly and in the end should not be the decision of any human being who may be in revenge of those who have killed.