The Spirit of the Law - 8-15-22 1


Greetings!

We all know that it is government’s job to enforce the law. When justice is served, we must always balance the letter of the law to the spirit of the law.

Luke 6:1-2 “One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grain fields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?”

The law was intended for man to rest on the Sabbath. The Pharisees were judging Jesus and His disciples to a higher standard of the law to find a reason to punish them. Surely they were going beyond the spirit of the law.

In 1887, Lord Acton writes to the Bishop Creighton that the same standards should be applied to all men, political and religious leaders included, especially since “power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

There is a famous statue that dates back to Roman times. It’s called Lady Justice. The statue shows a blindfolded woman holding scales and a sword. The blindfold assures justice being unbiased, the scales represent impartiality and the sword is a symbol of power. The concept of justice and liberty going hand in hand is ingrained in the bible as well.

At this moment in history, justice is neither unbiased nor impartial. The legendary FBI Agent, Elliot Ness and his men were called the “Untouchables” because they couldn’t be corrupted by any form of outside influence. Those times are long gone since the FBI leadership of Robert Mueller, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and now Christopher Wray. We have seen selective prosecution from Martha Steward to Donald Trump. The lack of prosecution of other political figures is even more appalling. 

I think most of us are willing to pay our fair share of taxes. In Jesus time, tax collectors were some of the most hated people on earth. We know that God established government and paying taxes to support the government is biblical. Jesus Himself said “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. Though the collecting of taxes was legal in biblical times, the strong armed tactics of tax collectors were deplorable.

The United States Internal Revenue Service has tremendous unbridled power with over 80,000 agents. We all know about the infamous Lois Learner who was caught targeting conservative nonprofit organizations, yet was never charges with a crime. Should we be just a little concerned with the federal government hiring an additional 87,000 new IRS agents? How will these new agents justify having a job without shaking down those of us who cannot afford a tax attorney? Right now, more than half of Americans pay no federal tax at all. Is it justice to over double the number of tax collectors to go after the minority of citizens? Will they be unbiased, impartial with no political motivation? Certainly they will wield the sword.

If we are going to remain a country of laws and not of men, we need our government to conduct itself with the attributes of Lady Justice in every branch of government.

This November we must elect representatives who believe our rights come from God and that it’s government’s duty to protect those rights. The balance of power of government has shifted from liberty to servitude. The ideology of candidates and political parties cannot be clearer. We must vote our values at all levels of government. 

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