We The People…Who Are Called By His Name

Posted on July 2, 2015 in Justice, Law

Flag-We The People 500pxThe lead character in my novel Perilous Judgment must leap into the conflict between of the rule of law and the demands of love to save his son’s life. I believe most everyone, no matter their worldview, would agree that the purposes of government and laws are to deter evil and promote good.

That works in our democracy if—and only if—government and citizens are united in their understanding of what is good and what is evil. John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States, once said, “The highest, the transcendent glory of the American Revolution was this—it connected, in one indissoluble bond, the principles of civil government with the precepts of Christianity.”

The great American experiment was predicated on being a nation under God. We the people dissolved that “indissoluble bond” long ago.

Jesus made it simple. “Love your neighbors as yourselves. Love one another as I have loved you. Love your enemies and do good to them.” But we followers of Jesus argue amongst ourselves about who’s right instead of submitting ourselves to God in unity and resisting the devil. The Apostle Paul warned us about this: “But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”

We’re not pursuing what Jesus prayed on our behalf: that we would be one as He and the Father are one. So if we who follow Jesus aren’t on the same page, can we be outraged at people who don’t follow Him for calling evil good and good evil?

Paul gave us another warning: “Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.”

The world is now in a season of “rights fights” where the bold and cunning voices get their way. Our battle isn’t against people, and neither is the battle plan Jesus gave us: first pray, then love, and then speak truth.

God is with us. Let’s do this.