Question: Should our government carry out God’s justice/wrath to the point of death to those who break the law?
Answer: The Old Testament maxim, an eye for an eye, was given not so that people could exact revenge. It was given to suppress revenge and to execute justice. It was given so that the punishment would fit the crime. This is still just. There are certain crimes in the Old Testament that require death as the penalty. I believe there are certain crimes today that still call for the death penalty.
However, as a recipient of God’s grace I am also grateful for His compassion toward me. A believe who has been offended, especially to the point of losing a loved one, must be willing to forgive.
Check this 3 minute interview out from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/20/136463363/forgiving-her-sons-killer-not-an-easy-thing