Living by the opinion of the masses as against what the Bible says, has never and will never be an option to go by. This is because the end will always prove itself to be folly.
Instant justice, like that of killing someone caught red-handed on a criminal or immoral act was proven wrong and evil when Jesus came to the rescue of that adulterer who was about to be stoned to death.(John 8:3-10).
90% of Ghanaians would vouch for the decision “When a thief is caught, he must be killed.!” But, I will be part of the 10% who will frown against that. As a weekly speaker of God’s Word (each Saturday) at one of the Prisons in this country, I understand what it means to give people a second chance. And I have seen how the Prisons and their authorities help to transform the lives of these criminals.
Now, the nation has lost a military officer of the 5th Infantry Battalion (5BN) of the Ghana Army, Captain Maxwell Mahama, due to a mistakened identity as a robber while going for jogging yesterday. So I ask the 90%, do we still go by their opinion of “When a thief is caught, he must be killed”? Because, if we should, then they should not be surprised if one day an innocent relative of theirs is lynched to death on being mistakened as an armed robber, or another important asset of this country.
I still stand by this opinion, instant justice, agreed on by the masses, must be frowned at and spoken against. Else, the country would be losing innocent souls like the late Captain Maxwell Mahama.
May God touch the hearts of the 90% to learn to temper justice with mercy.