“The Life of David Gale.” If only one life is spared – if only one life is saved. Then abolition of the death penalty is worth it. The death penalty is simply an exaction of revenge – a philosophy posited in the Old Testament of the Bible.
But our Nation was founded on Christianity, not the Old Testament. So get rid of the Old Testament. Read the New Testament. After all, isn’t our Nation founded on Christianity which derives from the New Testament?
How many of you have read the New Testament? Anyone? My grandfather was a Baptist minister. I grew up with religion. My dad was an Evangelical United Brethren; my mother was a Baptist; my great grandfather was a hardshell Southern Baptist.
I spent my life with religion. Every summer I went to Topeka, Indiana, and spend two weeks in church camp. I knew all the Beatitudes by time I was 8 years old. I have read the Bible – both Old Testament and New Testament. But the New Testament was given to us to wipe away the bitterness and the exactitude of the Old Testament. The New Testament is our Christian heritage.
Jesus gave to us a new philosophy of life. The New Testament provides a basis of forgiveness and love, not of hatred, not of regimen, not of exactitude.
Yes, I watched the movie “The Life of David Gale”, and, yes, if only innocent life is spared, then the death penalty is a travesty. The death penalty should be abolished. Much, much, rather thousands of guilty lives spared than one innocent life condemned to death and suffer that ultimate unjustified sacrifice to a sentence that can never be undone.