"Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they
who have opposed will recieve condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are
not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have
no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the
same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is
evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a
minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices
evil." - Romans 13:2-4
God expects governments to punish the wicked for their evil deeds. A government that refuses to do that has missed its primary function of maintaining order.
However, we still have, in these detainees at Gitmo, imagio deo set before us and we cannot easily dismiss the discomfort we must feel at the prospect of using coercive methods upon prisoners in our care.
I will explore this more fully later, but I wanted to get something put down in writing to kickstart my research and discussion on the issue.