Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the death penalty
This is from thinkchristian.reframemedia.com/ which you can find here:
“As a family member of a murder victim and long-time opponent of the death penalty, I’m watching with great interest the sentencing phase of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial, which will determine whether he receives the death penalty.
One could argue that Tsarnaev’s case is not like others. There is no question that he committed the crime, a horrible act of terrorism. The toll of the dead and wounded is staggering. And, as evidenced by the photograph prosecutors shared of Tsarnaev giving an obscene gesture to a security camera while in custody, he has been defiant, not repentant.
It is tempting to say that Tsarnaev is sub-human and unredeemable. Yet I would urge Christians to reject that idea. Despite his horrible acts, Tsarnaev was created in the image of God and is loved by God. Who are we to say that there is no possibility for forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption in the case of any criminal? Only God can say this. But the death penalty cuts off the possibility of these outcomes, which Christ always wants us to work toward.
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