Well, the POTUS election of 2106 is now behind us, and an extremely unusual election it was. Having followed national political elections for more than fifty years, I have never witnessed one like it. And now, just before the president-elect is inaugurated, we are seeing much news, both positive and negative, about his choices for cabinet level and other major positions within his administration.
In my opinion, one of the most critical positions is that of Attorney General, the highest law enforcement position in the United States. The person who accepts, and is confirmed for, this position has automatically placed himself under a microscope, and rightly so. In this article, I would like to further examine the reason why this position, as well as the principle upon which it exists, is so important.
I will begin with the question: “What is justice?” One dictionary defines it thusly: (1) the administering of deserved punishment or reward; (2) judgment of persons or causes by judicial process.
Admittedly, there are other definitions listed at the source, but these are the two that are important for beginning this discussion. To take this a little further, what is the meaning of ‘just’, the word from which justice is derived? The same dictionary source defines the word “just” as: (1) guidedby truth, reason, justice, and fairness: (2) based on right; rightful; lawful: (3) in keeping with truth or fact; true; correct.
In the case of the Attorney General of the United States, he will be the person most responsible for making sure that justice is administered according to the recorded laws of the United States. This is as it should be, but, since he is a mortal man, even though he may try to the best of his ability, it is a certainty that he will not always administer justice properly.
So, then, is justice something that can actually be attained, or merely a concept? The same dictionary source lists this as its first definition for “justice”: (1) the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, ormoral rightness, and I prefer to call this “true justice.”
At my advanced age, I cannot count the number of times I have heard the phrase “true justice” used. But one example would be that which might refer to a bad guy in a movie who, just before the movie ends, gets exactly what he deserves. Most viewers would cheer and say, “Wow, that was true justice.”
In the entire history of the United States, no single Attorney General has ever administered “true justice” due to the human weakness that makes true righteousness nearly impossible, especially for an unbeliever.
It is recorded in Romans 3:10, As it is written, there is none righteous, no, not one. In the context of Paul’s writing in the third chapter of Romans, he is saying that there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles, that all have sinned, and in verse 11, he says: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
For a person to administer true justice, he must be totally fair and impartial. In fact, a lady wearing a blindfold, and holding a scale, is used as a symbol of justice being totally impartial and objective. Sounds good in theory, but the reality is that any person is subject to being bribed, coerced, or otherwise influenced when it comes to meting out “justice.”
And there are very dark evil forces that love using their money and power to influence legal decisions that are supposed to be impartial. So, here in the USA, we are left with a “justice system” that is prone to corruption at best, and absolute corruption at worst.
But, for those of us who are Christians, we know that there IS another justice system at work behind the scenes, usually hidden from human sight for the most part. This system is administered by God Himself, and is a true system of justice. God, who cannot lie, who cannot be corrupted with money, and cannot be influenced by the power of evil men, is the only being capable of administering true justice.
As we enter the beginning of a new presidential administration, our responsibility as the Church, according to I Timothy 2:1-4:
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honestly, f or this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
I will be the first to admit that this has been an extremely difficult task for me for the past eight years, and I failed miserably at it. I tended to spend more time trying to figure out why the evil that seemed to be gaining ground in our country and the world appeared to be so successful.
I mistakenly assumed that those who are our leaders, either elected or appointed were capable of enforcing our laws, thereby administering justice effectively and honestly—without the influence of the Church and I struggled to understand why they would not do so.
The reason is now clear: The battle between good (God) and evil (Satan) is beginning to reach its climax, and the result will leave no one untouched. It sometimes appears that evil has the upper hand in the battle, especially in light of the current corrupt national political scene in the U.S. But, for those of us who know the outcome (read the Revelation of Jesus Christ), there is cause for great hope.
As I said previously, we are currently stuck with a “less than perfect” system of justice in our nation, so we must be more diligent in our God-given responsibilities and leave the responsibility of the leaders, whether thy succeed or fail, up to God to take care of. Let us all begin anew to fulfil the commandment of Paul to Timothy, and pray diligently, on a daily basis, for our leaders. After all, this is one of the things for which the Church will be held accountable.
I am, however, certain of one thing: the day is coming, and sooner than most think, when “true justice” will be administered in this earth, and all those who failed to fulfil their God-given responsibilities, whether POTUS, Attorney General or any other leader, as well as every plain, everyday citizen, and especially Christians, will face that justice. God truly does have it under control, and all figured out.
We need only take comfort in the fact that the result of the administration of “true justice” will be a perfect earth, purged of all lawlessness and evil, and ready for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to take His place as the rightful and righteous King!