Consequences

The trouble with consequences is that they are not always readily discernable. Of course, our prisons are full of folks who may disagree, but we are all glad when we are granted a reprieve from our own consequences. Nevertheless, there is a place for consequences, as our legal and judicial systems assert. Occasionally, a corrupt politician is ousted as their criminal behavior comes to light. The trouble is that they are often merely removed from office and/or fined, as though the loss of public office is a penalty in itself. I disagree. Holding public office or even a job as a public servant is an honor and as such the penalty for abusing that trust should be much more severe. Under the law it is, but in practice it seems the opposite.

If our politicians were held to the high standard such office and positions warrant, lying by a politician would not be tolerated. When executive politicians make decisions that bring about financial ruin or bankruptcy upon a state or municipality, they would not simply be voted out of office, as though they were unaccountable. When judges violate their duty to uphold the standards of equity, rights or due process, where is their accountability? Recently, I heard that a surprising number of federal district judges had been impeached by the Senate. What is the penalty, other than being dismissed and why is this not news worthy?

Accountability is a very good thing. Most of us have relationships that provide a measure of accountability in our personal and public activities. Scripture says, “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” ( Numbers 14: 18). Solomon observed, “Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free.” (Proverbs 11: 21). God is not far off, unaware of what happens, nor can he be deceived, or slack in dealing with people. We don’t see all He does because He is Spirit, unseen, and because we don’t recognize His ways and means through our rational mental analysis. Therefore, we must not judge others, as we are faulty also, but pray for God’s will. Isaiah addressed his concern regard these matters, “The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. But when grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and do not regard the majesty of the Lord. Lord, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.” (Isaiah 26: 7-11).

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Retired Journeyman
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