Clemancy for Stanley “Tookie” William?


The push is on to try to get the death sentence commuted for Stanley �Tookie� Williams.

In addition to the usual bleeding heart Liberals and small group of misguided but well meaning Roman Catholics, opponents of the death penalty have some new allies from the Right of the political spectrum. There are not many but there are some. Locally Craig DeLuz  and Andy Nevis a.k.a. California High School Conservative are among those calling for �Tookie� to be saved.

On his blog today, Nevis wrote concerning �Tookie�:

He will certainly do more good alive than dead. If he is allowed to live, he can continue his work against gangs and violence.

As Abraham Lincoln said when pardoning a deserter in the Civil War, �He will be of more use above ground than below it.�

The power of clemency was given to the Governor for just an instance like this. It�s time for the Governor to use that power.

This is a good summary of the views of many of the save �Tookie� advocates.

The fact is that �Tookie� is a convicted cold blooded murderer. He has exhausted every judicial appear available to him. There is no one saying that �Tookie� is innocent. There is no new or mitigating evidence of the crimes for which he has been convicted.

The real issue is can one�s �good works� after conviction be used to mitigate their sentence. It is said that �Tookie� gave his life to God and has purposed to make amends for his crime. Had Mr. Williams committed property crimes and worked to repay those that were victims of his crime most people would agree that there would be grounds to modify his remaining sentence.

However, when we look at the case of murder does the same principle apply?

For Christians that follow the teaching of Scripture the answer is a clear. In any crime there are actually two victims; the primary victim of any crime is God, the secondary victim is the person that was acted upon by the criminal. In the case of murder, man cannot kill God but he can kill an �image bearer� of God. A murder is attacking God by destroying someone created in His image.

From Genesis to Revelation, murder is always a crime. This includes abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, homicide and any other act of murder. The Biblical punishment is always the same: restitution. If you take another�s life, then you forfeit your own.

This is reason that human government was instituted in the first place. The State is to protect life and property of its citizens. When someone breaks the law they are subject to the sanctions of the law. This includes criminals within the society and foreign armies without. The oath administered to the military and civilian leaders in the United States to �protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic� is based upon the Biblical model. (This is also why our Founders wanted the military to be a purely defensive force and gave us the Second Amendment.)

In the Bible only government can put someone to death.

The Church is given an even more awesome power, the power of spiritual life and death. Spiritual life is the goal of evangelism but excommunication is the declaration of spiritual death. Only repentance can move one from death to life.

I think both Craig DeLuz and Andy Nevis have confused these two. They seem to believe that evidence of spiritual regeneration is grounds for the civil government to move �Tookie� from death to life. Sorry fellas. If Stanley �Tookie� Williams has undergone a spiritual renewal and given his life to Jesus Christ then that is great. He will be in heaven when he is executed and not another gang banger in Hell.

Spiritual conversion is not grounds for clemency from the Governor. If Stanley has truly repented then he knows that he owes restitution to God and his victims. The only restitution that can make things right is forfeiting his life.

If �Tookie� wants to be an example to struggling young people then be an object lesson. Show them that �the wages or sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.� Romans 6: 23

In this way Stanley could truly do more good in death than in life.

(See my previous post for more on the proper roll of the State and Church in capital cases.)



Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 11/22 at 01:42 AM
  1. Outstanding post!  Very well written…


    Posted by Sacramento Republicrat  on  11/22  at  03:59 AM
  2. I have also written a post on this:

    Posted by Katelyn Sills  on  11/22  at  06:19 AM
  3. idiot, life is gift from god. Just because He has comitted the sin, doesnt mean we have the right to take his life.

    Posted by just me  on  12/01  at  08:26 PM
  4. I really appreciate your blog. But on this issue, you like many others, have misrepresented my argument.

    This issue is history, but if your readers truly wish to find out where I stand, I hope they will visit my blog and read my posts for themselves.

    I also hope they understand that my position was not arrived at lightly. It came only after hundreds of hours of research and prayer.

    Thanks again and keep up the good work!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  12/23  at  03:48 PM
  5. Isn’t christianity really about forgiveness?  If we forced all christians to pay the penalties for all their sins, wouldn’t they all be behind bars?

    I think if you were really concerned about converting more people to christianity you’d want to keep Tookie alive because he could target a group of people that maybe wouldn’t have listened before.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/01  at  07:08 PM
  6. After briefly looking through your post, I have to say that your take on the situation is not at all accurate when using scripture. It appears that you are using scripture to paint a picture in your own way. Then to use the scriptures out of context, you need to watch yourself. God does not take this lightly. Romans 6: 23 is promoting salvation and forgiveness that comes from Jesus and not that death is the only result we have to face after committing sin. If what you say is true then the Apostle Paul should have been executed as well… As well, Jesus likens all sin to murder and vice versa. To steal is to murder, to look at a women in lust is to commit adultery is to commit murder. We all should face death but because of the forgiveness through the blood of Christ as our sacrifice, we do not. Also, where in the bible is the church given the responsibility of Spiritual life and death? Only the individual decides that. the bible says an individual must work his own salvation out with fear and trembling. Not once have I heard or read that a church decides the spiritual health of a person. Another thing you base your thoughts on is that Tookie’s reformation was only spiritual, this is not correct. He has written 9 books as well had a movie made to warn youth about gangs, etc. Lastly, if God has forgiven Tookie, what right do we have as Christian people to go on and have him injected. If God has cleansed him and he has proven himself through the time on earth here, then what right do we have… Are we above God? The government is upon His shoulders, not ours, no matter who you are.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  01/02  at  11:46 AM
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