Would you pull the switch?


What do you stand for?

Now be careful when you answer. If you think… and stand, you will be met by resistance.

Think about the death penalty for instance.

Are you for it?

We run in a pretty conservative circle. So, I would guess that most of the readers that know me and that read SpiritualHorseman.com immediately said, “Yes.”

And, I know some of you are thinking, “Hell, yes. Nuke ’em till they glow, and shoot ’em in the dark. We need punishments that actually are punishment.

So, here’s the situation:

Hypothetically, you work at the Huntsville prison. You’ve just been reassigned, so you head down the halls until you reach your new office. The officer you report to comes in and asks you to come with him. He ushers you into a room and there sits a convict. The law says to put the convict to death. The convict has come to terms with the sentence. The officer instructs you to execute the prisoner.

Do you pull the switch?

Here’s the thing – The guy who pulls the switch – He isn’t some death penalty zealot who can’t wait to end the next guy. He’s some poor schmuck that needs a job and does what he’s told because he needs the money.

The things that we stand for trickle down to this guy.

So, if you wouldn’t pull the switch yourself, would you tell someone else to pull it?

Well, I wouldn’t. And that’s what we do when we support the death penalty. (or any issue really)

Please think. Think about what you stand for. It has a real world impact. I promise.

The world needs more thinkers and less reactors. Be ready for a fight. If you think… and stand, you will be met by resistance.

Back to the issue that’s illustrating the current point.

Three things:

  1. Prisons are prisons. Not hotels. Change them back.
  2. A 30 year sentence should last thirty years. Period. Why are jurors even able to sentence criminals to two life sentences. This should be restructured.
  3. Prison is for punishment. Take down the basketball goals and bring back the chain gangs.

It’s our place to protect society. Not to decide life or death.

Be for reform. Be for punishment. But, be for life.

This is just an example to illustrate a point. There are millions of issues that place people “on the right” or “on the left”. And 99% of the time, those generalized stances are 100% shitbucket.

This is not a political blog and, to be perfectly honest, I don’t care if you agree with me or not.

I do care if you think about the situation…
Think about what you believe…
And think about why you believe it…

Be a thinker. The world needs you.

So…

What do you stand for?


A couple of Sunday’s ago we were blessed by an interesting message from Fr. Ed covering several scripture readings about forgiveness. That is what prompted this post. Do we forgive quickly enough? Do we forgive at all? Do we?

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2 thoughts on “Would you pull the switch?

  1. interesting point taken… and it made me think. I would have said yes for the death penalty, but under no circumstances could I pull the switch! How horrible!
    So I guess this message stems back to the message of living what we believe – if we believe in Christ our actions should make our beliefs evident to everyone around us

    thanks

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