Thursday, January 17, 2019

Good Standing


Kindred,

What is the foundation of law? 

I googled the definition of law and nowhere does ethics come up in its definition, or protection of civil liberties or ensuring public safety.  It basically states that law is a system of rules that members may enforce with penalties. 

Disconcerting.

Also, of concern in this definition of law is the word may.  Members may choose to enforce or not enforce the law.  And nowhere does it state that the initial law created must be fair and just. 

Luckily, the Founding Fathers recognized the dangers of making laws without rules and checks and balances.  

While the Framers held “these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable Rights”, * they recognized that abuse of power and inequalities can arise in “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.

Therefore, they set forth these unalienable Rights in the Constitution and encased it in the rule of law and a system of checks and balances by making the Constitution the supreme law of the Land. 

Because the Constitution begins with “We the people….”, the Constitution applies to all people in the Land whether explicitly defined or not, and the rights defined cannot be denied to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 

The rule of law basically states that no one or institution is above the law (accountability), the laws are to be just (applied evenly and protects fundamental rights), publicly promulgated (open government), and independently adjudicated. 

But what happens when there is no rule of law or no enforcement of the laws? 

Then laws become meaningless; there is no equal protection of the laws, no governance, no legal standing and therefore, no legitimate government and no standing with the people and with humanity.

This same precept goes for morality and ethics.  

If people sin, commit crimes against the Lord and humanity, and are unrepentant and unatoned, then these sinners are unethical and unholy; and therefore, have no moral authority or standing with humanity and the Lord. 

To be in good standing with the Lord and humanity, do not sin.  If you do sin, confess, repent and atone.  




*Note:  From Declaration of Independence (which is a separate document from the Constitution).

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