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I’ve been getting calls from the media, and questions from people throughout the day. Even the woman at my rental office asked me if I had heard about the sentencing. I couldn’t decide if I should comment about it or not. Tsarnaev was found guilty of all 30 charges against him. The trial will now move on to decide if he will get life in prison or the death penalty. I hate speaking with the media because they skew everything you say and use it for their own purposes. So I have been formulating my thoughts and present them here as my official opinion on the trial.
Yes, he hurt me and many of my loved ones. Yes, our lives are changed forever and some of us will live in pain the rest of our lives. What he did was wrong and as a consequence he was found guilty of all 30 charges. As for the death penalty, I believe the Bible is true and has many things to say about this situation. I am basing my position on the following verses:
Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
Titus 3:1 be submissive to rulers and authorities
Romans 12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
As survivor of these crimes committed by Tsarnaev, I choose to pray for the jury and judges. For the governing authorities. Who have been put in that place of authority by God, the ultimate Judge. I pray that they make the right and just decision. I choose not to seek revenge. I choose to leave him to the wrath, or mercy, of God.
Emily Jordan said:
This is a very fitting response. I admire you for it. I will pray for you as you continue to process all that has happened and wisdom as you move forward.
Eileen Connelly said:
Gina, my students did a debate today on the death penalty. I am going to share your profound, brave, and merciful response with them tomorrow. God Bless You!
Thank you for sharing this Gina. You’ve truly thought through this issue and offered a compelling response to a very difficult question!