A Matter of Law
by Beth Fiedler
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A Matter of Law by Beth Ann Fiedler ©2008 Beth Ann Fiedler 3/64. All Rights Reserved.
In this society that we call civilized, we state that a man is innocent until proven guilty. The burden of proof is not on the accused man to prove he is innocent, but on opposing counsel to prove he is guilty. If you have ever had the pleasure of seeing the statistical logic behind why this is a necessity, you will recall that this method ensures the highest level of integrity in that though some guilty may be set free, at least this method minimizes the percentage of potentially innocent people being sent to judgment. Of course, there have been noticeable flaws in this system as we have seen some innocent incarcerated and even executed for crimes that they did not commit.
First and foremost of these systemic flaws is that men seem to think that there is some justifiable reason to kill another man even though the Commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Kill” is pretty clear. (I am not referring to the Death Penalty but to men who commit the act in the first place.)
Unfortunately, some courts have also declared that we can’t position the Ten Commandments in a prominent place or teach them in public schools. We can hardly hold those who broke this commandment accountable. After all, no one told them it was wrong. So, why is any murderer in jail? For that matter, we put laws on the books that say we can kill our own children when their birth is inconvenient for us. Again, why is any murderer in jail?
A second flaw is that some have gone to jail based on false witnesses. The Ten Commandments clearly list “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness”. As a people, some elements of society have made an industry out of the law that was supposed to protect the innocent. These elements come from a diverse array of demographics that include both the highly educated with strong family ties and a significant and long term presence in various communities to the vagrant seeking temporary shelter in a bottle of booze. But both commit the same crime, just one earns more money from doing it than the other.
The perversion of the law that allows a guilty man to buy his way free hovers at the highest level of moral indecency. Not just for the man who commits the original crime, but for the man who sets him free. Many of the real crimes in a court room are not judged on earth where men are found not guilty but never deemed innocent. The perversion of the law can account for much of this discrepancy but still we must recognize that they ARE NOT innocent, but are found not guilty because they could afford an attorney who was more skilled in the law or perhaps an officer of the law willing to allow evidence to disappear or worse, to create evidence against an innocent man simply because they can. The wronged poor man has only to hope that there is a God in the end. But few wronged men can find solace in that regard amongst the suffering of this world.
The ‘law’ says that I cannot tell the truth about people who are breaking the law. In fact, if I report it, I may lose my job and be subject to retaliation and black listing. If I legally report facts, how is it that they never get to court? Even though a person should never be in trouble for reporting the truth, especially if they are following the law when they do it, it happens all the time. In fact, the law actually says that I can be sued for telling the truth, even if I am reporting that the people in question LIED and created false reports about me. They are not in danger of slander though they lied…but I am because I told the truth. Did I miss something in the logic of the law here?
Oh yeah, there is no logic in the law anymore. Perhaps there never really was any logic to begin with, after all, it is of man--imperfect, unwilling, deceitful, and hard-pressed for self-preservation.
I think of all things that is why I have come to Christ. He tells the truth about our civilization. Throw me out of house and home. Call me crazy, a troublemaker or even a crazy troublemaker if you will. You can even send me to jail if you think that you must (or at least threaten me with it). But know this, I will continue to tell this truth for as long and as often as I can. It is a matter of a different law. WE ARE GUILTY. HE MAKES US INNOCENT.
(Author's note: For the record, I have never been in trouble with the law nor have I experienced any type of mental incompetency. But, I have experienced the misfortune of believing that 'authority figures' were there to 'help me'. But all of this has led me to this conclusion: Authority figures without the law ordained by God cannot be expected to govern justly. It is futile to expect it. For me, this revelation was the biggest disappointment of all and the most disconcerting commentary on 'civilization' and the laws that govern it. Hence, the only answer to saving society and the authority of the law and our leaders is to introduce them to Jesus. That is the only answer to real change.)
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