A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-25-20
Justice is Coming
What’s Happening: “The California Supreme Court ruled Monday, overturning the death penalty for convicted murderer Scott Peterson. He was found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and disposing of her body at an old fishing haunt of his. Testimony from Amber Frey, that Peterson was dating her and told her his wife was dead…a full month before her death…was particularly damning at his trial. Over objections from the defense, several jurors who objected to the death penalty were dismissed in jury selection; it was this that caused the justices to vote to overturn unanimously. Scott Peterson, 47, will spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole (https://www.yahoo.com/news/california-high-court-rejects-scott-172805032.html). Quoting his lawyer, Mark Geragos, and the Associated Press article: ‘Geragos said he does not expect prosecutors to retry the penalty phase. ‘Frankly, I think the only reason that they sought the death penalty was to get a guilt-prone jury panel,’ he said.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “Which is worse, death or a living-death, knowing you can never be paroled?”
Biblical Response: “Good question…and that’s only man’s justice. Unless he repents, God’s justice will be even harsher (Rev. 21:8). There’s nothing that can be done to bring back his wife, or Connor, eight months carried and still in the womb. And her family will not get the closure the death penalty would have provided. They’ll have to be consoled by their knowledge of the impending ultimate justice. May he repent.”
“Christians? Oh, we believe in ultimate justice … and we properly fear (Matt. 10:28).”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, we ask you to be merciful to Scott Peterson…and to the family of his wife…whatever that means; in Jesus’ Name, amen.
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