A number of times now, I’ve come across Christians who seem oddly disinterested in the foundations of criminal justice.
Christians certainly make a point of defending their morality as they interpret it in the Bible. Yet these interpretations seem to have little to say about what people deserve as punishment for crimes, or even what acts should be classified as crimes in the first place.
One attitude I have come across is that Christians aren’t responsible for punishing each other – that Jesus has taken on this punishment himself. Yet the same Christians will readily agree that murderers, rapists, and thieves should be punished for their crimes, rather than be allowed to walk free.
Furthermore, though many Christians decry the practice of homosexuality, they don’t generally believe it worthy of criminal punishment, even though the Bible considers it a sin worthy of death.
Why, then, should some sins be considered crimes and others not? And what Biblical basis is there for such distinctions?
I’d welcome any ideas from my Christian readers.