Don’t support evil; do not put your soul in jeopardy

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You shall not kill. The Hebrew word for “kill” is a word modern translations render “murder.” The Hebrew word can be used in contexts where one is killed intentionally or unintentionally. In Matthew 5:21-26, Jesus develops what we are to understand. The command “You shall not murder” is a moral failing that begins in the heart before it shows itself in criminal activity.

Consider some numbing information: some in Western society are supportive of the moral failing associated with euthanasia, otherwise known “mercy” killings. If the outcry surrounding abortion is any indication, the current outcry surrounding “mercy” should cause one to shudder with fear. It’s a shame that so many people now recognize such killings as part of our lives. In Holland, euthanasia has been in practice for decades. In December 1998, the British Medical Journal reported that in 1995 there were 900 cases of non-voluntary euthanasia victims. The Dred Scott case of the Supreme Court in 1857 said that slaves were not legal persons. The Supreme Court, in 1973, said in effect that children in the womb are not either.

It was two lawyers who defended Norma McCorvey’s right to kill her child. These lawyers, it is said, had no interest in Norma as a person. They just wanted to challenge the law prohibiting killing the innocent in all 50 states. They got their wish when in 1973 the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Satan’s work. Some argue, in their lack of moral wisdom, the child in the womb is not viable; it may be life, but not viable life. This is man’s attempt to justify an action the Lord will never accept (Amos 1:13).

The shame of it all is associated with people who have become hardened to the moral failings of society. We all have our own political interests. They are varied. We ought not to think, however, our varied political interests are an acceptable approach to the Lord as we vote on one or another political philosophy, relegating the Lord’s holiness and virtue out of our public sector under the banner of “separation of church and state.” When a person votes into office a man or woman who compromises the Lord’s way, this is a contribution to the slaughter of the innocent (young and old). The attorneys who defended the killing of the innocent to the Supreme Court will give an account to the Lord, as also will those who ruled against moral virtue back in 1857. Why do we think it will be any different with our individual votes? [Matthew 5:21-22]

Now, the argument against capital punishment does not fall under the Lord’s prohibition, as can be seen throughout the Scriptures. Capital cases are not related to the innocent, but to the guilty. Old Testament Law capital cases are seen for the following crimes/sins: striking or cursing a parent; blasphemy; Sabbath breaking; witchcraft and false pretenses to prophecy; adultery; unchastity (of various sorts); rape; incest; abducting people for slavery; idolatry; false witnessing; murder.

The principle of these commands, in a New Testament context, is our obligation to the Lord, which is far greater than any obligation given to man, including in the political arena. It is a moral outrage that any Christian would support what is inherently evil! We will answer for it. One violates the Scripture because of where the heart is. And Jesus takes the whole concept one step farther. “You have heard it said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”

One’s own soul is in jeopardy when plotting the demise of another — imagined or real. Counsel with God, for the days are running out — Jesus is coming soon.

Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. (twbonham@hotmail.com; ontheroadtoforever. blogspot.com.)

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