In reading Deuteronomy 21 – 23 today, it struck me how often the death penalty is prescribed. Many actions that were considered immoral were worthy of death. The rationale was so that the evil among the people of God may be purged from them. These “crimes” in twenty-first century America have become common place. Things like adultery, rape and homosexuality, which were punishable by death in ancient Israel are tolerated and even encouraged now. God knew that when sin is allowed to exist, it flourishes, sort of like a weed in the garden. If you don’t get rid of it immediately, soon it will take over.
I am not advocating capital punishment for these crimes. I am just pointing out what happens when sin is tolerated. As Christians we have tolerated sin, and now the sinners will not tolerate us. I don’t believe we can get back what we have lost. The only chance we have of returning to a “moral’ society is the conversion of sinners. The only way that can be accomplished is, as Paul says, “With gentleness and respect”. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to learn to evangelize sinners. This is the only was that this country can return to God’s standard.