CCATDP’s Heather Beaudoin recently published an article in the Intellectual Conservative. She highlighted the marked change among Evangelicals’ support for the death penalty. She wrote,
In recent years, the Evangelical world has dramatically changed its thinking on capital punishment, as evidenced by the state of Nebraska just abolishing its death penalty. Evangelical and Christian legislators were at the forefront of the repeal effort there.
Beaudoin also said that the youth are an integral part of the change in the Evangelical world:
A recent Barna poll shows that millennial Christians (born after 1980) are overwhelmingly against execution. In fact, fewer than 5-percent of Americans think Jesus would support the death penalty. Many young people are longing for a Christianity that looks more like Christ and they are finding it hard to reconcile executions with the executed and risen Lord, who said, “Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.”
She closed, saying,
Evangelicals throughout the nation are not only taking note of conservative Nebraska getting rid of capital punishment, they are also becoming increasingly aware of one key faith-based reason behind it – the desire to fully embrace a culture of life, from birth to natural death.