Why Have Laws?

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY NOVEMBER 30, 2020

         THE HEADLINE OF THE YEAR HAS TO BE FROM LAST WEEK’S WALL STREET JOURNAL. IT READ, “AFTER OREGON EASES DRUG LAWS, A RACE TO TREAT ADDICTS.” TALK ABOUT STATING THE OBVIOUS!

         WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF LAW? ISN’T IT TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM DOING WHAT IS NOT IN THEIR, OR THE PUBLIC’S INTEREST?

         IF ONE IS NOT CONSTRAINED FROM WITHIN BY THE PRESENCE, POWER AND AUTHORITY OF GOD, THEN ONE MUST BE RESTRAINED FROM WITHOUT BY LAWS. THIS IS BECAUSE OF OUR HUMAN NATURE WHICH, ABSENT SOME KIND OF CONTROL, IS LIKELY TO SEEK ITS LOWEST LEVEL. EXAMPLES ARE NUMEROUS THROUGHOUT HISTORY, FROM THE NAZIS, TO POL POT, IDI AMIN, AND SERIAL KILLERS.

         WHERE THE LAW BECOMES OPPRESSIVE IS WHEN IT IS DICTATED BY SINGLE AUTHORITY FIGURES, SUCH AS MANY GOVERNORS AND MAYORS ARE DOING BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS.

         THERE IS SCRIPTURE THAT WARNS OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE ARE NOT CONSTRAINED BY LAWS. PROVERBS 29:18 SAYS: “WHERE THERE IS NO VISION THE PEOPLE CAST OFF RESTRAINT; BUT HAPPY IS HE WHO KEEPS THE LAW.” I’M CAL THOMAS.

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