The British government is outraged that China executed a British subject for drug smuggling. The news reports quoted officials of the British government, and the man’s daughter, saying that he should not have been executed because he was mentally ill, and therefore not responsible for his actions.
Perhaps the government was not aware, but clearly the daughter was aware of her father’s mental condition. Where was she when the government issued his passport? Where was she when he planned this trip? Why, if he was so mentally ill, did she not take action to protect him from himself? If you knew he was mentally ill, what was he doing in China? Why cry now?
Families have responsibilities -- parents to children (Dt. 6; Eph 6), and children to parents (1 Tim 5). Those who have neglected their duty to a family member have no right to blame others for the result of their own neglect.
I hurt for that family, and I hate to write this for fear that they might see it and that it might add to their distress. But, for the sake of those tempted to make the same mistake, I must not be silent.
The family is the first and the best protection against this kind of tragedy. Families must learn to shoulder that responsibility, and governments must acknowledge the family’s primary role in matters like this.