We embrace cultures not (only) because we need to honor those who look different from us, not (only) to enlarge our own perspectives of this world, but to make ourselves better versions of who God has called us to be.
The student inmates are, for the most part, never getting out of prison. But, they have committed themselves to spend the rest of their lives serving others in prison.
The contemporary popular evaluation of Guy Fawkes is a great example of how iconic historical figures can become completely separated from their real-life inspiration.
In my own context of Christianization and capital punishment, the argument must be discussed not only at the level of policy, but at the level of Scripture.
Whatever our final conclusions about the death penalty may be, this sort of sloppy reasoning, which blurs standard categories like private and public, innocence and guilt, needs to be interrogated.
There are lingering questions as to the justice of capital punishment, given the conditions of the criminal justice system today, and it is likewise increasingly difficult to justify on distinctly Christian grounds.