Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
Do you agree with the statement: “It’s important to make an example out of someone for certain crimes, even if it means giving them a more severe punishment than their crime deserves.”
If you agree, you join Attorney General Jeff Sessions and 53% of those who define themselves as practicing Christians, a religion that prides itself on “not judging lest you be judged.”
Sessions has established a stricter policy on sentencing by calling for federal prosecutors to consider mandatory minimum sentences.
Here’s My Take: It was Friedrich Nietzsche who said that “There was only one Christian and he died on the cross.” Did the punishment outweigh the crime?
We can justify Jesus’ death by saying it was “God’s will,” or we can use it as a beginning point to question those who seem more intent on the severity of punishment in our criminal justice system than on the fairness of punishment. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
Crucifixions are never “God’s will.”