I also noticed that under the sun there is evil in the courtroom. Yes, even the courts of law are corrupt!
~Ecclesiastes 3:16, NLT
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Solomon, who was a judge himself, understood the reality of oppression. Many people were and are victims of injustice. He said, “I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless.” This is one of those things that never seems to change. Power is a privilege that we humans tend to abuse. We saw an abuse of power in the last administration: both the IRS and the Justice department was used to persecute Christian businessmen like David Green and conservative organizations that opposed Obama. Most people, when given power, will use it to further their own agenda. A court can make something legal but it cannot make something that is immoral right. Abortion is a legal right but it is morally wrong. It is a horrible law that violates the rights of the unborn. I am against it and so are the majority of American but the powers that be support it and who among us can oppose the all-powerful federal system. Thank you Mr. Lincoln for destroying the power of the States and creating a monster State that cannot be opposed.
But even Solomon knew that the earthly courts were not supreme. He said in 3:15, I said to myself, “In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds.” We may not understand why, but for now God allows oppression to exist. What’s happening to pastor Andrew Brunson is not right. The persecution of Christians all over the world is not right. Killing the unborn is not right. The IRS is both unconstitutional and immoral. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University stated recently on Life, Liberty and Levin that whereas a farmer and landowner would not come to your house and steal, they do it through the federal government and entitlement programs. The Federal government can’t give away anything unless they first take from us. There are 141 million Americans who do not pay income taxes, none, not a dime and yet they get to vote. Williams goes on to say, “If one has no financial stake in our country, how much of a say-so should he have in its management? Let’s put it another way: I do not own stock, and hence have no financial stake, in Ford Motor Company. Do you think I should have voting rights or any say-so in the management of the company? I’m guessing that the average sane person’s answer is no.” John Tanner put it another way, “If you don’t pay the fiddler, stay off the dance floor.”
Of course, on our income, we pay very little percentage wise. The people who pay most of the taxes make over $350,000 per year and we have never come close to such an amount. But when you consider the percentage of our income that the government takes, it is way more than a tithe and it is not right. Retirement would be a breeze if they would stop taxing us but who can stop them? The federal government has too much power.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
Yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Oh, fall on your knees and hear the angels’ voices
Singing, O, night divine
Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression will cease.
I drove to Birmingham yesterday thinking traffic would be better on Sunday…Wrong…they had only one lane open at the Hanceville exit and traffic was backed up to Dodge City. My cousin Karen is still fighting for her life. She has a lot working against her which means we need more prayer.
I want to thank Teddy and Lisa Turretine for making Holly’s birthday lunch special. The Pascagoula roast was unbelievable. I’ve never had a roast that was anything like it. If you doubt me, ask Joe David or one of the grandkids. Thank you Teddy and Lisa.
Irony: Grace Point has asked me to moderate their business meeting this Wednesday night. I first said, “No,” I retired to get out of business meetings but Big Mike said “Yes” for me. I don’t tend to argue with men who are 6’8″.