Thursday, June 22, 2023

Lawlessness and the Biden Bunch

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The presidential son got off with a slap on the wrist this week. 

Most Americans can clearly see the two tiers of justice in our country and they are reacting.

The editorial board of the Washington Free Beacon says: "'First of all, my son has done nothing wrong,' President Joe Biden told MSNBC last month. It was but one of a litany of such statements from Biden, who has behaved as if any question from the press about his son’s criminal activity—and there haven’t been many—is an affront, an indignity, and an insult to the office."

They call it a "Tale of Two Systems."

Is lawlessness a result of corruption, or is corruption a result of lawlessness?

Be informed, not misled.

The editorial board says, "Well, he lied."

They write: "The younger Biden owed more than $1 million in taxes over several years, and over $200,000 for the years in which he struck the plea deal. Even then, his celebrity lawyer pal didn't fork over the money to the federal government on his behalf until the Department of Justice started investigating him. He also copped to owning a gun while he was coked up, and lying about it when he bought the firearm in 2018. That’s a felony, but Hunter is getting off with a slap on the wrist, probation, and enrollment in a "diversion program."

The board says, "Democrats, very much including Biden, love to talk about the two systems of justice in this country: one for the rich and well-connected, the other for racial minorities and the poor. When it came to his son, apart from lying to the American people, Biden’s statements about Hunter Biden’s innocence constituted presidential interference with the Justice Department probe."

"So," they say, "we’ll wait for the left to cry foul over this and the fact that the presidential son got off with a slap on the wrist for crimes that would have landed others behind bars."

They're right; he did.

Conservatives are very upset.

Breitbart News says conservatives blasted the “sweetheart plea deal” federal prosecutors have given to Hunter Biden, where he will plead guilty to two counts of “willful failure to pay federal income tax” and enter a “pretrial diversion program” for a firearm offense.

The deal indicates that Hunter Biden will not face prison time. 

Former President Donald Trump likened the punishment to a “traffic ticket” in a Truth Social post Tuesday morning. 

The deal comes exactly a week after Trump was arraigned on 37 counts relating to classified documents he allegedly took to Mar-a-Lago at the end of his presidency. If convicted on all counts and a judge imposes the maximum sentence for each count consecutively, he could face 400 years in prison.

Donald Trump Jr. also weighed in, tweeting that the deal “reeks of favoritism and brazenly reveals a system where there are two tiers of Justice."

“If you are a Republican, Biden’s DOJ will throw the book at you and try to put you in prison for 100 years, but if you happen to have the right last name like Hunter, they will protect you and treat you with kid gloves,” he added.

Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group Judicial Watch, tweeted that the “sweetheart plea deal” is “an ‘in-your-face’ show of contempt for the rule of law.” He asserted that it “Avoids prosecutions tied to foreign bribery and Joe.”

Instead of receiving the punishment any other American would receive, he gets a slap on the wrist. America gets another slap as they see a two-tiered justice system.

Senator Rick Scott tweeted,  "A slap on the wrist for Hunter Biden while 'The Big Guy' continues to hunt down his top political opponent."

This doesn’t show equal justice. It’s a mockery of our legal system by a family that has no respect for our laws.

Lawlessness is a symptom.  

I Timothy 1:9 tells us that laws are necessary in a sinful world:

“Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers.”

The root of all lawlessness is rebellion. Lawlessness is a symptom of rebellion against God.

I John 3:4 says: "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." Lawlessness breaks God's law. In this way, lawlessness is a rejection of God."

In fact, Satan, who models the ultimate rejection of God, will one day empower the Antichrist---who is called the "lawless one" whose rise to power "will be in accordance with how Satan works (II Thessalonians 2:9).

When a society ignores the law, lawlessness is the result, and chaos follows. We are experiencing that in our culture today.

A clear example of what that looks like in the culture is found in Judges 21. Verse 25 says, "Everyone did was right in their own eyes" because "in those days Israel had no king." No leadership.

 Does that sound familiar?

They did so because they had rejected God's law. 

In the "time of the judges" after Joshua's death, the culture was marked by upheaval, oppression, and general disorder. And confusion.

In Acts 19 the Bible tells the story of the riots in Ephesus---another example of lawlessness:

v 32: The rioters were confused and unsure of even why they were rioting.

v 39 In their lawlessness they were ignoring proper legal channels

v 40 They, of course, were breaking the law.

I Peter 2:14 tells us that God has a purpose for establishing human government: "to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right."

The Bible teaches that rulers are God's appointees to maintain order and promote righteousness in a civil society.

Consequentially whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted and those who do will bring judgment on themselves, according to Romans 13:2.

Lawlessness is condemned in Scripture, except when man's law contradicts God's law. 

Acts 5:29 says, "Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men."

America is different in that we can choose our forms of government.

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, said, "The Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live."

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Engaged. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful.