“For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” Isaiah 33:22
I recently read the following quote from a Georgetown Professor regarding the current Attorney General (AG), Eric Holder, who is embroiled in much controversy. “What he should understand is that he is the chief lawgiver of the United States of America, so to speak–he’s the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration.”
This grabbed my interest for many reasons but here are just a few thoughts:
(1. We are witnessing unparalleled corruption in government. That is not to say we haven’t seen corruption in our government in the past but at least I have never witnessed such blatant disregard for the law and the Constitution in my short time. We have Benghazi, the AP press assault and the IRS targeting scandal…just to name what is currently in the news cycle. That would overlook Fast and Furious (government sanctioned gunrunning) which seemed to disappear when the President invoked Executive Privilege. This was the same time in 2012 that the current AG, Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress for his deception regarding the botched gunrunning operation.
So what are we to make of all this corruption? First, notice the quote above. It stands in stark contract with the Isaiah 33:22. Who is the lawgiver? If Eric Holder is the “lawgiver” then doesn’t he reserve the right to CHANGE the law he gives at whim? This is the attitude of many that are in authority right now. They believe they are a law unto themselves. This explains why they bend it, break it and otherwise contort it to meet their particular situation all while claiming “transparency.” Remember the last head of the Treasury caught cheating on his taxes but without consequence?
On a technical note, the AG is the chief law enforcement officer of the United States he is not a legislator of the government as this is reserved to Congress. In Article 1, section 1 of the Constitution our founding document states, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in the Congress of the United Sates, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.”
(2. Our government is a reflection of us. We have a representative form of government, truly unique in history. Our government is corrupt because we are corrupt. We have bought the lie that a man’s character is somehow separate from his actions, his personal life disconnected from his public persona. This is the impact of secularism. We have become a lawless society, that is, because we fail to regulate our own lives in accordance with God’s law we have become subjects of tyrants who themselves refuse to acknowledge the true Lawgiver. The irony is that in comparing one of our leaders to Moses, who was the recipient and not the primary giver of God’s law, it exposes the great gulf that exists between corrupt sinners (us and our leaders) and the Lawgiver. We vote them in. The majority gets who we ask for.
(3. What does the Lawgiver reveal to us in giving the law? God’s law was given to show us to be what we are…lawbreakers and concludes all men under sin (Gal 3:22). We are all sinners because we have violated God’s righteous character exemplified in the Ten Commandments. None of us can keep God’s law despite our best efforts. This is the bad news but also the true foundation of the gospel. The Apostle Paul said God’s law is our schoolmaster or teacher to bring us to Christ (Gal 3:24). The Law points out our sin so we see our need of the Saviour. The good news of the Gospel is that Christ kept the Law perfectly on the behalf of those that believe. As believers we have a new relationship with God’s law…we love it because we love God (Rom 7:22).
That is not to say a man is saved by keeping the law, on the contrary, the man that attempts the impossible merely shows he is unregenerate. When God gives us new hearts (Ezek 36) we desire to obey Him and our lives are transformed accordingly. When a man seeks to obey God with all of his heart he then demonstrates the character of the Lawgiver. This is the essence of Jesus’ command for believers to be “Salt” and “Light” in Matthew 5. As we obey God we preserve that which is good (as salt) and illuminate (as light) men arround us which glorifies God…our ultimate purpose.
(4. The takeaway. We should take time to carefully examine our own lives in light of God’s law. In doing so, we live in the shelter of God’s grace which then allows us to speak freely about the evil around us. We fail to do this because we have not dealt with our own sin and after all, we don’t want to be hypocrites. We should remember that the scriptural command to be subject to the higher powers (Romans 13) is to be understood in its proper context. It is not a command to be carried out with blinders on. We can only obey the higher powers (man’s law) when they are in subjection to the highest power (God’s law). This is the troubling thing about many Christians in America. Many fail to realize that we will not be able to live peaceably with all men (Rom 12:18) when man’s laws and the executers of those laws are at odds with God.
This is why it is worth our time to pray for those that are in authority (1 Tim 2:1-3) so that we may live a quiet and peaceable life in godliness and honesty.
It is worth the effort to illuminate the evil around us by living the lives we ourselves ought to be living.
It is worth the effort to speak up while we can. But, does my little voice matter? It is a silver lining that the IRS is targeting conservatives and Christians. Why? Because they should not target anyone for intimidation nor try to silence anyone.
THAT DID NOT MATTER. OUR VOICE MATTERS! The impact of Christians living righteous lives matters! This should encourage and embolden us. But what about the scary consequences of being Salt and Light?
The LORD is our judge and He will save us!