The State as God
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.
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.