Tuesday, March 29, 2005

The State as God

Colorado's highest court tossed out the sentence of a man who was given the death penalty after jurors consulted the Bible in reaching a verdict. According to the court, The Bible constituted an improper outside influence and a reliance on what the justices called a "higher authority."

The defendant, one Robert Harlan, kidnapped and raped a waitress, Rhonda Maloney. Maloney escaped and flagged down a motorist, Jaquie Creazzo. Eventually, Mr. Harlan caught up with the two women, shot Ms. Creazzo, leaving her paralyzed, then beat and killed Ms. Maloney.

One juror admitted to committing the mortal sin of looking to the Scripture as a source of wisdom for her decision on a verdict. Evidently, she studied Leviticus 24 and Romans 13.

Commenting on the case, an ethics professor named Professor Howard J. Vogel said, "I don't think it's a religious text that's the problem here, but rather whether something is being used that trumps the law of the state."

So the State, in the guise of black-robed dictators, claims to be the ultimate source of the law. One day, they will answer for their arrogance before the King.

Psalm 2
1 Why do the nations conspire[a]and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD : He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
10 Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

3 Comments:

Blogger Chad said...

Amen! And might I take the liberty to continue our praise of the Almighty?

Psa 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Psa 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Psa 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

Psa 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Psa 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Psa 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

Psa 149:7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;

Psa 149:8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

Psa 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

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