by Drew Foster –
East Amwell Township N. J –
I gasped audibly as I saw the handiwork of Satan in some of our nation’s policies, protected and defended by the judiciary. I was sitting in the New Jersey State Law Library, in Trenton, just a block from the Old Barracks where George Washington and his troops captured Hessian soldiers on December 26th, 1776 – a turning point in the American Revolution. What a striking contrast – proof of the undoing of American ideals sat there in volumes in a building overlooking the site of a brave battle to protect those ideals.
Are terms like “handiwork of Satan” and “evil within the judicial system” too harsh? Let’s look at how descriptive they truly are.
First, we must establish the concepts of good and evil. With reference to the judicial system, justice and corruption, or tyranny, might be more specific terms. Either way, we’re talking about good and justice as those things that are favorable for the general welfare, as being supported by eternal truths, and ultimately being of God, Who gave the great commandments, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.” Who would argue against those commands, and who would argue against an eternal, universally favorable good? We’ll directly address that in a moment.
Evil, then, is the absence of these values. It is contrary to God’s commands. It is contrary to good and healthy interpersonal relationships. Deception, robbery, murder, slavery…and tyranny… come to mind; just a few acts that are contrary to God’s commands, are destructive to human relationships, damage the general welfare, and are rightly called evil. They’re plainly not good, so what else are they but evil?
So, who would argue? Jesus answered clearly in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” The thief, the evil one, is Satan. In John 8:44, Jesus said of Satan, “[T]here is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” Satan would and does argue, using subtle whispers, temptations of money and power, and stroking egos, to get individuals to go against all that is good. He has been so successful, that virtually the entire judiciary is defined by his deception today.
Watch lawyers and judges on the job; listen carefully to what they say. In personal conversation, ask them challenging questions regarding truth and justice. Ask them to justify “legal” actions that you have seen in the news or in your neighborhood. They’re not smarter than you are, they only have more training to argue, to deceive, to get their opponents off track, so stick with the question until they come up with an answer.
How can they claim any compassion for their fellow man (remember love thy neighbor?) when, for example, they prosecuted a farmer for running a water line from his farm to his neighbor’s place, when his neighbor’s well went bad? The good neighbor was ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines to the EPA, the agency that prosecuted him. “The thief comes only to steal…” Of course, this incident that occurred in the northeast is not an isolated occurrence. Rather, this is a routine scenario, the game of judges and lawyers.
How many have been killed – deaths by suicide, murder – as a result of the judicial system’s assaults on their lives? Distraught and desperate men and women who have been harmed by family court have done some horrible and preventable things. “The thief comes only to…kill…”
Again, in family court – judges and lawyers together – routinely destroy the lives of men, women, and children. I often ask what is the basis for the very common, damaging divorce orders. The legislature hasn’t mandated the outcomes, as they mandate the penalties for criminal violations. So why would a judge routinely order permanent alimony? That is, one party is ordered to pay alimony to the other until either dies or until the recipient remarries. While God calls us to live in peace (I Corinthians 7:15), family court judges routinely order permanent discord. What is the foundation of those orders, if not evil and total contempt for God’s command.
Often the process itself is destructive. Dr. Karin Huffer has identified and named Legal Abuse Syndrome, a form of Post Traumatic Shock Syndrome, as a public health epidemic. Thirty years of observation and research have demonstrated and evaluated this problem that occurs at the hand of aggressive, callous, and selfish litigants, lawyers, and judges. “The thief only comes to …destroy…”
If tyranny is unjust and cruel absolute power, then we routinely see tyranny in the courtroom. Judge’s muzzle defendants, they lie, they intimidate… they say they are god in the courtroom. They are, themselves, deceived, similar to the man who thinks he’s a woman or the anorexic who believes she is fat. These are psychological problems, an inability to see the truth and to deal with reality.
Talk of good and evil, and biblical references, may offend some people. I must ask, why? And I challenge them to find a better, a more truthful basis to guide our judicial system. Founder and second President, John Adams, wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” He clearly understood that we cannot escape eternal truths as laid out by our Creator. By ignoring truth, by blurring the line between good and evil, we have lost the ability to discern right from wrong. We have been deceived.
For generations, Americans have understood the Biblical basis for our nation, and that has served us exceptionally well. But we have been straying from the truth, and welcoming conflicting, even intentionally antagonistic influences, into our government.
Compare God of the Bible, Who leads everyone to truth and does not deceive, with Allah, the god of the Mohammedan government handbook, the Qur’an, which states at 3:54, “Allah is the best of deceivers.” Why would our judicial system welcome individuals who are driven to bring to our nation a form of government that is fundamentally opposite to our foundation? It is evil influence, a rejection of our Creator God. For some, it might be easy to see the problem with Mohammedans holding government positions. It is real, and it is happening all around us. It might also be easy to see that we should not elect or appoint known disciples of, let’s say, Vladimir Putin. Yet we accept and even elevate men and women whose training and mindset are similarly destructive, when learned their trade at Harvard Law School, for example. We must stop looking at labels and start discerning principles – are they good or are they evil?
When we look at God, our nation’s organic documents, and the numerous writings of our founders, the intent for our country is clear, and it is good. It is for the uniform benefit of all people. And those who hold positions of public trust are required, in fact they swear, to defend our foundation, our goodness.
Our republican form of government was formed to be overwhelmingly good, because our founders, inspired and protected by God, understood that good brought greatness. So, the question remains, if America was designed to be good, and you see evil within the institution that is commanded to preserve and protect that good, what are you willing to do about it?
Let’s talk about that next week.
NWS – 16 September 2017
by Drew Foster
Former Mayor of East Amwell Township
Drew Foster has served on both appointed and elected positions in municipal government in New Jersey, ultimately serving as Mayor of East Amwell Township.