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PEARRELL: The hypocrisy over capital punishment

John Pearrell

John Pearrell

Often I hear people say that they don’t go to church because of the hypocrites who are there. So let me talk a little about hypocrisy.

I do not know your views regarding the Troy Davis saga. I do know that a cry went out across this land asking for leniency with the claim that there was a chance he might be innocent.

Voices like Al Sharpton, former President Jimmy Carter, Amnesty International and others rallied to the cause holding protests, vigils, and rallies declaring it just plain wrong to execute an individual who had an outside chance of being innocent.

The media joined in support of the cause by offering only the skewed facts that supported their position. According to Purdue University Journal, when all was said and done, 660,000 people signed a petition for a stay of execution.

Alas, the courts were not swayed and Davis was duly executed. Despite the fact that the courts obviously felt this execution proper, after the execution many claimed that they would continue the fight.

My purpose here is not to discuss Davis, but rather to point out a huge social hypocrisy that permeates our country. Since 1973, more than 52,008,665 truly innocent people have been executed through abortion in this country.

Why then are Al Sharpton, Jimmy Carter and Amnesty International not rallying to call attention to this atrocity? Where are those who will stand for the rights of these victims?

They cry for leniency for a convicted cop killer (who had just come from shooting two others), but they stand silent, and even worse, stand in support of the execution of 52 million plus (let the number sink in) legal executions of innocent babies. Talk about hypocrisy. The crime these victims have been executed for is the horrible crime of inconvenience.

The Bible tells us that the purpose of judges is to "Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." (Psalm 82:3-4, NIV).

Instead, our society, supported by the judicial system, seems bent on delivering the weak and needy into the hands of the wicked rather than from their hands.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m. we at Gateway Community Church are joining with churches across our nation in a silent protest of what has been allowed to be done to babies in this nation. We will stand in support of calling for an end to the systematic executions of those who are truly innocent.

We will not be guilty of hypocrisy in this area. We will not sit idly by ignoring the one baby who is killed every 25 seconds in this land.

If you can, at least be consistent, and stop the hypocrisy of supporting abortion while you decry capital punishment.

Dr. John Pearrell is pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington, GA. For more information visit the Gateway website at www.gatewaycommunity.org