I hate to ask this question: who am I to judge if our administration is ignoring law? Besides, there are so many laws, it would probably be easy to overlook a few, right? Well, whether I am qualified or not, it is an important question for all of us to ask of our elected officials. We are a country that was designed to be a nation ruled by law. That is in specific contrast to England of 1776, where the King ruled based on what seemed right to him at the time. It is a key difference intended to ensure the freedom and liberty of the people.

Being a nation that follows the rule of law is a biblical concept and we adopted this to prevent the tyranny of an individual or group of individuals. In addition, being a nation ruled by law rather than by people was to ensure that no one could be above the law, or in a position that the law did not apply to them by virtue of the position of power or authority they had. “You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike you shall not fear man,” Deuteronomy 1:17. If a senator or congressman or a president or a judge committed murder, or stole or embezzled, they were subject to the laws and could not use their position as a defense. This is the bedrock of our legal system.

Unfortunately, adherence to the rule of law has been slowly eroded over the last century. As busy people, trusting public officials to be honest, we let down our guards and abdicated our roles to be watchmen. Exodus 23:6-8 reminded us to keep an eye out for bribes, perversion of justice, false charges of the innocent, acquitting of the guilty and subverting the cause of the just. We have failed and now often politicians seem to get away with crimes that in the private sector would land them in jail. That being said, it does not excuse any behavior that ignores the rule of law and our current administration appears to take this to an entire new level.

There are numerous recent examples which are a real concern. The recent reaction to Federal Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling regarding the health care law being the most recent and, arguably, the most egregious. When a federal judge says a law is unconstitutional and the party to whom the ruling applied ignores the ruling, that party can be held in contempt. There has been no official “holding in contempt” on this case yet, but that may be coming.

Indeed the administration is in contempt in another recent case. A judge has just ruled that the government is in contempt of court for ignoring not one, but two separate judge’s rulings regarding the off shore drilling moratorium that this administration has implemented in the wake of the BP gulf oil spill last spring.

The federal government is not only defying a court ruling in this case, they are shutting down an entire industry, driving fuel prices up, causing greater dependence on foreign sources of oil and putting more American workers on the unemployment lines. This is not merely lawless, it is mindless. This is another example of our federal government, under the direction of President Obama, ignoring court rulings and pushing ahead with their agenda regardless of the legality.

Another example was ignoring federal bankruptcy laws when reorganizing General Motors and not honoring contractual commitments to secured investors and instead giving union members, who had little or no equity stake in the company a preferred position in the reorganization of GM.

In addition in the wake of the failure of the Congress to pass a Cap & Trade Bill or Cap & Tax Bill the Environmental Protection Agency EPA unilaterally claimed authority to regulate greenhouse gasses anyway. One administration supporter said “that although Congress has not succeeded in passing the big piece of climate legislation, nevertheless the United States is prepared to move forward in dealing with carbon monoxide.”

It is shameful to think that a bureaucracy could enforce regulations that are clearly not in line with the will of the people, as spoken through their elected representatives. I think lack of representation was a big reason that the colonies had problems with the Crown in the 1770’s. If we elect representatives who then decide to not pass a law because it is not in the best interests of the people, why would the administration then act like the “Crown” and enforce the regulations that were just not passed? This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law and the consent of the governed. It is wrong.

Finally, I know from following the “Erase the Need” blog, that the administration is violating federal law in funding fetal stem cell research. There is little concern for this violation of the law that expresses the will of the people.

There are many more examples of ignoring the rule of law, and the best source that I am aware of for that information is the recent book by David Limbaugh, “Crimes Against Liberty”. He devotes a lot of space on this subject, particularly Chapters 6 & 7.

This administration has become so increasingly lawless that it almost seems to be a point of emphasis. This can not be allowed to continue, this is serious business. The Bible warns us about lawlessness:

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS. Matthew 7:23

The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, Matthew 13:41

“So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:28

A lawless nation is not a just nation. A nation that does not practice justice puts itself at cross purposes with God and invites judgment and wrath. I fear for this administration and our country. I pray that our government would cease and desist from practicing lawlessness and to do justice. Pray for the watchmen on the walls that they would shine the light of truth and that the darkness of lawlessness would be extinguished.

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