Thursday, August 20, 2015

Unjust Law & the Christian's Responsibility

"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented." (Elie Wiesel) 
“The Law is organized justice.” (Frederic Bastiat)

When something is lawful or legal we tend to think it is right and when something us unlawful or illegal we tend to think it is wrong. We tend to think thus because, as quoted above, we assume the law is organized justice.

For example: The right to property is your lawful right. If one was to steal your property from you then the full weight of the law would be on your side to prosecute the thief.

It’s by this system that all our current laws and country are predicated. Because the law is to seek justice we therefore have a law system that, we assume, upholds justice.

But does the law really uphold justice?

What about when the law is wrong?

If justice is the aim of law and justice is not served by the law, what should we as morally responsible people do with the law?

“We the citizens have the right and responsibility to examine, debate, and protest the decisions made by its President, its legislators, and the SCOTUS nominated by the President and approved by the Senate. Given such a polity, for Christians simply to be quiet or acquiesce is to disrespect the governing authorities.” (Bruce Ashford) 

So if we are to be biblical people, if we are to act like Christians, in this moment we are to speak, because Romans 13:1-7 tells us to respect our governing authorities. And disrespect is to be quiet.

But speaking against wrongful law is not easy.

My mother-in-law was telling me she is looked at as a, “two-headed monster,” when she says she is pro-life. But despite the looks, she continues to have conversations about why abortion is unjust.

It is our responsibility as Christians to respect the government. We have a real opportunity now to continue to speak up and out against the unjust law that allows abortion. So be heard. Continue to fight the modern holocaust of abortion with everyday conversations.

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