Some would argue the Bible advocates for the practice of capital punishment, drawing from Genesis 9:6: "Whoever sheds the blood of a human, by a human shall that person's blood be shed; for in his own image God made humankind." But many Christians denounce the death penalty and advocate against it.
Michigan was the first state to abolish the death penalty (in 1846), but more than half the states in the US still practice capital punishment. Some are even repealing laws that had abolished the death penalty. Several states have recently gone on execution sprees to use up controversial drugs that are close to expiring.
The issue is more complicated than crime and punishment, right and wrong. Death creates a complicated web of victims on all sides, and sorting out what is humane and righteous and just is a challenging and often emotionally charged act.
In the community of mutual trust and respect we've built up at Untapped Questions, we'll look at the death penalty from all sides and try to build a case for an authentic, faithful approach to what we believe, how we will act, and what we will advocate for as Christians.
In preparation for this discussion, some articles you may want to look at:
RNS "Arkansas executions a prime example of how death penalty targets the poor"
CC "As execution drugs grow short, states scramble on capital punishment"