Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Off Balance

"A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight." (Proverbs 11:1)

We live in a consumer society, and sadly the law itself is often determined by consumerism. The revelations coming out concerning Jack Abramoff's dealings with lawmakers remind us that many laws are not decided on the merits, but on the money associated with them. This is a false balance -- more "weight" is given to the moneyed interests than to the voices of opposition with fewer dollars.

Another false balance in our society is abortion. Yesterday morning, I heard the opening shots fired at judge Sam Alito. The questions concerned abortion and whether Alito, if appointed to the Supreme Court, would keep abortion legal. I wasn't surprised these questions were asked, but I was taken aback by the shameless way abortion was paraded as our seemingly most valuable right. To give such "weight" to the legality of abortion is an atrocity. Far from being our most valuable right, it is a sign of our societal degradation. This too is a false balance, an unjust weight.

Remember the song we learned as kids, "This land is your land, this land is my land"? I think it is helpful to remember that we as Americans share more in common than just land. Even if we seek to value life and avoid greed, our elected representatives still "represent" us far too well. Our selfishness may not be expressed in kickbacks or the termination of an unwanted child, but it surely finds a way to express itself. We need to humbly beg God's forgiveness, for ourselves as well as our nation.

Proverbs 11:1 tells us that God hates false scales and unjust weights. But it is not apples God is most concerned about, but the fruit of our lives. What is our selfishness doing to those around us? How can we replace selfishness with the kind of selflessness which pleases God?

2 comments:

Joseph Adrian said...

Abortion is not only not a right,it is an abomination to the Lord. It is the taking of lives(those who are the most helpless in our society,the very ones that should be the most vigiuorously defended because they cannot defend themselves). One of the reasons this is viewed so many in our culture(many reasons could be given),I would like to offer a couple: 1.There is no fear of God before their eyes(they are not concerned what God thinks about this)2.It is often reasoned that if we have this baby life will be more difficult for us,we will not be able to maintain the lifestyle that we have become accustomed to, or we will not be able to attain the lifestyle we desire. An idol is being made of ease,comfort or a standard of living that is desired.It is difficult to sugarcoat such an important moral issue,therefore no attempt has been made to do so.

Anonymous said...

Ken, Nice blog - you'll probably get more comments from me when you have a political angle!

Anyway, law will always miss the mark so long as the standard for our law is something other than God's law, whether it be philosophical musings (your abortion comment & our judiciary), the highest bidder (lobbying/Abramoff), mob rule ("democracy" - our current god) or even the PC "Judeo-Christian tradition/heritage" (whatever THAT is).

Also, I agree that our representatives "represent us far to well" if you mean that we are all sinful by nature. Not sure I can agree if you mean they represent us on the issues!

As an aside, Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" is not a nice "aren't we all Americans together" song but is generally recognized as a socialist anthem. Lyrics below:

Was a high wall there, that tried to stop me
A sign was painted, Private Property
But on the back side, it didn't say nothing
That side was made for you and me

One Sunny morning, in the shadow of the steeple
By the Relief Office, I saw my people
As they stood hungry, I stood there wondering
If this land was made for you and me

Wade