Aramis Ayala is the state attorney for Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. She made national news recently when she stated she would not be seeking the death penalty in the prosecution of Markeith Loyd who is charged with killing his girlfriend and Orlando police Lieutenant Debra Clayton. Nor will she seek the death penalty in any other capital case. She is ideologically opposed to the death penalty believing capital punishment costly and ineffective as a deterrent.
There came a time in the history of man that “the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” Genesis 6:5. This is an accurate description of a society completely corrupted by the absence of law and order. It was this cultural climate that precipitated the flood.
Emerging from the ark Noah and his family were tasked with repopulating the earth and restoring the civilization that had succumbed to anarchy. To do that God gave mankind its first law, “Whoever shed’s man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man,” Genesis 9:6.
If mankind were to survive as a civilized society, it would only be possible established on a sense of right and wrong founded on the principle of justice. So the Father took the most serious of human offenses, murder, to lay a foundation of justice from which all other lesser offenses could be patterned.
God’s reasoning is when a man takes another man’s life without justification; he is destroying the image of God in another person needlessly, and justly forfeits the right to continue bearing that image himself. And He tasked mankind with the prosecution of justice, “by man his blood shall be shed.”
Aramis Ayala’s blanket refusal to pursue the death penalty in capital offense cases, not only displays a stubborn refusal to enforce the laws of the State of Florida and the Constitution of the United States she took an oath to uphold, but is just as lawless an act that undermines the principle of justice that safeguards our society as the crime of murder itself.
God instituted the death penalty to establish justice, not because it is cost effective or a deterrent. Aramis Ayala should be impeached and disbarred, but that will not happen. A society that believes it is permissible to sacrifice the unborn on the altar of convenience has already lost any sense of justice.
Jesus said, “And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all,” Luke 17:26-27.
The return of Christ and the reestablishment of justice in His millennial reign will be as big a surprise to some as the flood was in Noah’s day.