a law unto themselves.

10 11 2010

What do the following people have in common?

Batman.
Dexter.
Robin Hood.
The Boondock Saints.
Dirty Harry.

They’re all vigilantes!

vig.i.lan.te (n): One who takes or advocates the taking of law enforcement into one’s own hands.

“For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves…” (Romans 2:14)

At work today we started talking about Elizabeth Smart. In case you live under a rock, she was abducted, and recovered months later after a terrible ordeal.

We started talking about appropriate methods for justice in regards to individuals who do horrific things like this.

There are two schools of thought:

Let the justice be served using the appropriate channels.
Let justice be served using whatever channels are necessary.

Tough call.
Obviously, we know that the scriptures teach that we let the laws of the land deal justice on earth and Heavenly Father will execute justice in the life to come. (So, I guess there really isn’t 2 schools of thought)

But, for arguments sake – I do like the whole vigilante thing.
The idea of someone being able to make the “bad guys” pay right away is very appealing.

And, I’m not talking about petty thieves or some of the smaller crimes – I’m talking about rapists, child molesters, cold-blooded killers.
I’m talking, really bad.

For some reason I don’t think I mind as much if Batman were to step outside the proper protocol and bring them to justice…

? Justice through the courts, or justice through other means?

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