Legal disparity is gripping our country and tearing it apart. People in power administer the law as they please. Like in the days before our founders wrote the Constitution, the law was subject to kings, bishops and powerful individuals. The idea that we are somewhat unique is a misconception. From the beginning of time, men have tried to bring parity to justice. Hammurabi (1780 BC) claimed that heaven gave him 282 articles to guide his Babylonian empire. Several centuries later, Moses introduced the Hebrew-Levitical law and the Ten Commandments. Two thousand years later Muhammad claimed that Allah revealed Shari’a law to him. There are other Codes but these three have affinities in Abraham, father of many nations (Gen.17: 5). These old laws were harsh on transgressions like adultery, blasphemy, apostasy, homosexuality and thievery. All of these systems lacked mercy, justice and faithfulness (Mt.23: 23). John, the beloved disciple had it right: “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ,” (Jn.1: 17). Jesus added the missing ingredient to the law (Mt.9: 13; 12:7).
The U.S.A. Constitution began with the premise that human depravity was in the way of self-governing. The founders agreed that higher principles had to guide sinful man. They were the Ten Commandments shrouded in grace. The “Law” was king and not the people. The Constitution’s main objective was to protect the law from being usurped by powerful individuals and interests. The founders took Jesus literally: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words (laws) will never pass away,” (Mt.24: 35). The second principle, “All men are created equal” was a problem. Acts 10: 34b convinced the founders not to tamper with God’s intentions for He was no respecter of persons. On principle three, Jefferson leaned on the Ten Commandments and declared that “our inalienable rights” came from God. Principle four was liberty or the icing on the document that was to guard, not govern this nation and her people. King Jesus had set the people of this nation free and they pledged that they would let no man be king over them (II Cor.3: 17b; Gal.5: 1a).
The end result was to form a ruling body by dividing powers as a check and balancing system. These powers were not to rule but to guard against the disparity we have today. Instead of protecting all citizens’ rights, special interest and minorities are given privileges. We are led to believe that our “Constitutional Republic” has become a Progressive Democracy.” That is another misconception. It is no longer a democracy but an oligarchy that is in the process of handing over the reign to another theocracy. The people of this nation have lost confidence in their leaders and are at a point when anything is better than what they have. The last presidential election expressed the mood of despair and aimlessness for the majority of the people. They voted for social redemption, but can it save us? According to history, not just the Bible, it will not. Without adherence to divine laws, neither man nor nation has survived. Ultimately we will agree with the founders of our Constitution that man is incapable of being impartial in his judgments. We must not be surprised when another religious law other than Biblical shall covet the reigns of this nation.