Unequivocally, The United Methodist Church takes a stand to "oppose capital punishment and urge its elimination from all criminal codes."
You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also ...
Matthew 5, NRSV
When another life is taken through capital punishment, the life of the victim is further devalued. Moreover, the church is convinced that the use of the death penalty would result in neither a net reduction of crime in general nor a lessening of the particular kinds of crime against which it was directed. The death penalty also falls unfairly and unequally upon an outcast minority. Recent methods for selecting the few persons sentenced to die from among the larger number who are convicted of comparable offenses have not cured the arbitrariness and discrimination that have historically marked the administration of capital punishment in this country. We will continue to advocate for the final elimination of this act of barbarism, which has no room in a civilized society, nor in a country that prides so much on its Christian heritage.
Experience, Equip, Engage
- Join United Methodists Against the Death Penalty network!
- Urge your church and churches in your area to sponsor a dialogue on topics related to the death penalty.
- Participate in an established prison ministry.