by Drew Foster –
Former Mayor, East Amwell Township, N. J.
“Woe also to you lawyers! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not lift a finger to ease them.” Luke 11:46 (NRSV) Whether or not you believe in Jesus, who made this statement 2,000 years ago, any discerning observation reveals that His statement also describes the judges and lawyers of today. And what Jesus condemned, was evil.
What did Jesus mean by woe to lawyers? Distress, misery, calamity, misfortune. Who would want to be on the receiving end of that promise from Jesus? Only one who is seriously deceived or arrogant beyond measure. In other words, those whose pride has turned them from God and to Satan. To be clear, I am not implying that all judges and lawyers are Satanic. Rather, they have chosen to turn from their Creator God and are allowing themselves to be influenced by Satan.
There are only two choices for good and evil, and the reality of that is very simple. God of the Bible is good. He is defined by love and compassion for His children. He is defined by truth and honesty. And His unconditional love means all of us have the choice to enjoy the gift of His forgiveness and fellowship. All else is of Satan. It is deception. This discussion of good being of God has no room for dead guys like Buddha or liars like Allah (“Allah is the greatest of deceivers,” Qur’an 3:54) or the numerous other religious inventions of man.
Good must necessarily come from truth, honesty, and love for one another. And we must demand, especially in America where our Constitution requires it, that these highest of virtues, perhaps best summed up politically in the concept of justice, be consistently exercised by our government and, especially, by our judiciary.
Founder and second U.S President, John Adams, fully recognized the necessity for honesty and adherence to a foundation of truth if the people of our nation were to thrive. His familiar quote is true. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” And if we observe the failings of our society today, and the unhappiness, the frustrations, the downright anger of so many people today, they can be traced to a turning from the moral and religious foundation to which John Adams referred.
Perhaps the most telling example of the judicial system’s turn from that foundation is in the Supreme Court’s opinion in Roe v. Wade. One must necessarily ask how the Constitution can be called to simultaneously protect life and protect the “right” of someone to kill the most innocent of all life. Only a deceived (influenced by evil) mind can do that. The simplest of logic, the simplest of minds, know that both acts cannot possibly be true.
Members of the judiciary know, deep down, that they are making their living from deception. Talk to them, ask them the hard questions, and watch them squirm. Look up the sad but telling statistics that reveal their internal turmoil. “Lawyers are not immune to suicide. As research suggests that lawyers experience depression and substance abuse at higher rates than the general population, lawyers may be at a greater risk for suicide.” https://www.americanbar.org/groups/lawyer_assistance/resources/suicide.html
When Jesus said, “Woe also to you lawyers!” He knew what would befall their deception – both they, themselves, being deceived by Satan, and their lives built on deceiving others.
Deception for power and money is certainly nothing new, and it has long been condemned. For example, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” Isaiah 5:20,21 In the Bible, there are many more woes directed at lawyers.
So, we must ask ourselves, why do we tolerate the judicial system’s penchant for power when it so clearly goes against our moral conscience as well as the Constitution which the system’s members swear an oath to defend? If we remain silent, then who are we choosing to follow?
“God judged Satan for the thoughts of his heart, because as a person thinks in his heart, ‘so is he’ (Proverbs 23:7)…I’m convinced that real and lasting change will never be made in people’s lives until they change the way they think. Remember, the strongholds the enemy [Satan] builds in our lives are constructed on lies. These lies are repeated so often that we come to believe and act on them.
“The last of Satan’s ‘I will’ claims recorded in Isaiah 14 is the most important for our purposes. ‘I will be like the Most High’ (v. 14). Why, out of all the names for God that Satan could have used, did he choose this one? ‘The Most High’ is a translation of El Elyon, which literally means ‘sovereign one who reigns,’ or ‘the one who reigns sovereignly in heaven and on earth.’
“What Satan was saying here is that he wanted to be like God in control, but not in character. He wanted to rule. He wanted to run his own life. Satan’s rebellion was a creature-centered movement, just like the New Age is today.” Jim Logan, Reclaiming Surrendered Ground, pages 108-109, 1995
Satan’s attitude sounds just like judges and lawyers act today. Is the judicial system following God or Satan? Are its members choosing good or evil? They can’t do both. They can’t be somewhere in between. Overwhelmingly, they have chosen Satan as their god. Are you bold enough to challenge them, or minister to them, for a better America?
NWS – 30 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.
Email comments and questions to Drew at: Acts41920@hotmail.com