“It is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished,
for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.
But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned,
perhaps to die, then the citizen will say,
‘whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial,
for innocence itself is no protection,’
and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen
that would be the end of security whatsoever.”
God will judge us for our unthinking greed.
Pastor David Robertson
(the recently found collar pins from my great grandfather’s Spanish American War uniform,
Capt. Frank Crenshaw, he died in the battle of Puttol in the Philippines in 1900 / Julie Cook / 2017)
It’s one of the three branches of our government known more aptly as the Judicial branch.
It is the branch charged with maintaining a sense of legal duty and order within our
It is a branch that is often tried and tested, battered and bruised in both the courts of
all things legal and the court of fickled public opinion.
It is the underlying tie that binds this great Nation together, holding it as one.
It is a key component and essential to a civil society…that which maintains order,
dispenses justice and protects the innocent.
It is a system that has been based on man’s original concept of law and justice…
of which had been passed down to him from the Supreme Creator…
from Creator to His creation since the beginning of time.
It is in such that God decreed laws for man to live by…
in turn placing man under the authority of God’s law….
which in turn lead to man creating similar minded laws for maintaining and living all within
man’s “free” societies.
And found within man’s creation and maintaining of these laws is found the fine balance
of too much verses too little.
A precarious balancing act as our society ebbs and flows, morphs and grows.
So it was with keen interest that I read the latest offering from our friend
the Scottish Pastor David Robertson, a posting on his Wee Flea blog regarding his
latest article in the periodical Christian Today…Babylon’s Burning – Revelation 18
An article which looks at the 18th chapter of the Book of Revelation and the
destruction of Babylon:
(the bracketed who is mine as Pastor Robertson was initialy surmising the role of
prime minster in this instance of perceived responsibility)
[who] should be offered as a sacrifice in order to appease ‘the anger of the people?
Who dispenses justice?
Who is the ultimate lawgiver?
No society can survive for long without the rule of law.
But who makes the law.
If we remove the Law of God as our foundation and basis of justice,
we also remove the possibility of justice for all –
and leave it only in the hands of the powerful.
Babylon’s Burning – Revelation 18
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities.
For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed,
and those who resist will incur judgment.
For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.
Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority?
Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid,
for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God,
an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
Therefore one must be in subjection,
not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.