Be forewarned: this is a very personal post.
I am a deeply troubled man. I have taken on a task for which I am wholly unsuited, and that is teaching the RNL what I know about Biblical and Islamic prophecy – especially as it relates to current events. I know the material, and I know what I want to tell you, but I have no idea how best to do it. What’s more, for the past few weeks, I have been busty with my company. What I do leaves me plenty of time to think but little time to write. So, for several days now, I have been struggling to figure out how best to continue my series on prophecy – and getting nowhere. Then came what was – for me – a physical blow in the form of that radio program I listened to on Monday, May 21. I understood full well what it means for our society. And to top it all off, it was followed by another blow in the form of people I respect and admire – to whom I look up to, even – agreeing with and defending the position that was taken by the radio host in question. All told, I will admit that it has me feeling as though I would rather go to sleep and await His return than bother to go on with what He would have me do. But that is selfish, and disobedient, so I will try my best to explain why we mustn’t go down the path we’re traveling. Conservative, this is directed at you: mostly because I believe the majority of those on the Left to be dead and, therefore, unreachable.
When I hear the voices who claim to support our Constitution and the rule of law telling me we shouldn’t even try to uphold that law because the person breaking it is black and this nation won’t punish a black man, I hear the voice of Caiaphas telling the Pharisees that it is better that one innocent man die than the system be challenged:
45 Many, therefore, of the Jews who came unto Mary, and beheld what Jesus did, believed in him;
46 but certain of them went away unto the Pharisees, and told them what Jesus did;
47 the chief priests, therefore, and the Pharisees, gathered together a sanhedrim, and said, `What may we do? because this man doth many signs?
48 if we may let him alone thus, all will believe in him; and the Romans will come, and will take away both our place and nation.’
49 and a certain one of them, Caiaphas, being chief priest of that year, said to them, `Ye have not known anything,
50 nor reason that it is good for us that one man may die for the people, and not the whole nation perish.’
51 And this he said not of himself, but being chief priest of that year, he did prophesy that Jesus was about to die for the nation,
52 and not for the nation only, but that also the children of God, who have been scattered abroad, he may gather together into one.
53 From that day, therefore, they took counsel together that they may kill him;
Note the spirit of the collective in this passage — the good of the whole outweighed the rights of the individual. For me, I see no difference if this is applied here, to our nation, or to a political Party: putting the “good” of an artificial thing before the real rights of individuals is morally wrong. Our nation was built upon God’s Natural Law, the same Law the Apostle Paul tells us everyone is born with inside of them in the Book of Romans. The same Law Job discovered and which pointed him to God before Job had the Scriptures. The same Law Cicero discovered and came to the same general conclusions as Job, and Lock after him. And the same Law upon which the Social Contract is based: the contract that gives every individual in society a right in the proper application of the law.
Although this example is exactly reversed (to me, this somehow makes it all the more suiting), it still holds to what is happening in our society now. Notice how, because Christ was teaching people the correct way to salvation, and the correct way to understand Scripture, and because the people believed in Him – especially because He was performing signs which demonstrated His authority – the Pharisees conspired to break the law in order to save the system they had constructed. Even after they had wrongly imprisoned Christ and turned Him over to Pilot, and Pilot declared Jesus to be innocent and tried to set Him free after scourging Him, the Pharisees still demanded Christ die to preserve their own power:
19 Then, therefore, did Pilate take Jesus and scourge [him],
2 and the soldiers having plaited a crown of thorns, did place [it] on his head, and a purple garment they put around him,
3 and said, `Hail! the king of the Jews;’ and they were giving him slaps.
4 Pilate, therefore, again went forth without, and saith to them, `Lo, I do bring him to you without, that ye may know that in him I find no fault;’
5 Jesus, therefore, came forth without, bearing the thorny crown and the purple garment; and he saith to them, `Lo, the man!’
6 When, therefore, the chief priests and the officers did see him, they cried out, saying, `Crucify, crucify;’ Pilate saith to them, `Take ye him — ye, and crucify; for I find no fault in him;’
Now, I ask you, how is this story any different from the one we are living through now? Were not the Pharisees just being “practical?” Didn’t they put an innocent man to death because they feared the people? So, if we ignore the law and allow a guilt man to continue in office because we fear the people, how are we any different? Isn’t a refusal to uphold the law tantamount to breaking it ourselves?
In the end, I see the principle in all of this. If we do not stand for that which we believe, and make sure that what we believe is right, then we can and will convince ourselves that all manner of evil is not only acceptable, but that it is right. The Pharisees felt justified in doing what they did because they feared the people and loss of their power, and those who claim to uphold the Constitution and rule of law are doing the same thing: they are ignoring the law because they fear the people and the loss of their power due to a backlash for trying to uphold the law. In both cases, the people involved are falling under the condemnation of Isaiah 5:20-21.
The “practical” thing for Christ to have done would have been to tell the Pharisees He’d stop what He was doing and go away — as they tried to get Him to agree to before deciding to kill Him. But, Had Christ’s done the “practical” thing, His mission would never have been fulfilled and we would all face certain damnation. So. rather than take the “practical” path, our Savior did what was right, what He had to do, and He paid the price for it – for US!
Now, I do not pretend to tell you what to think or do. I have enough trouble just trying to take care of myself. Besides, the longer I live, the more I realize how little I really understand. It is very possible I am wrong in all this, and, if someone can show me where and how, I will be happy to change my stance. But for now, all I know is this: I have to face the Man on that cross one day, and I am NOT going to tell Him I stood with those who ignored the law because it was the “practical” thing to do. I am going to do my best to stand on the side of right – no matter what the cost.