Wednesday, May 20, 2020

It Is Not Lawful

Human beings are social creatures. We need to live in relationships with each other. ... in fact, it is essential to our fullest well-being. ... being known and loved and knowing and loving others are what human beings were made for ... 1
So, what if the alleged risk to people in this crisis pales in comparison to the damage being done by the lock-down and the fearful, distrusting, social isolation? Consider three celebrity doctors, Dr. Drew, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, who spoke passionately about the devastating consequences of the so-called New Normal.2 Then consider the power of the Powers as you listen to their subsequent apologies as they contradict their knowledge, training, expertise, and passion:

TV DOCS OWNED BY PHARMA? (The HighWire with Del Bigtree | May 1, 2020 | Time 9:34) at
In short, we are being told that the normal human life of close associations; hugs; joyful reunions; family feasts; large weddings & funerals; church meetings & gatherings; choir practices; lecture halls; class rooms; playgrounds; parades; social hours; dance clubs; office parties; summer camps; grad gatherings; concert, theater, & sports crowds; etc., etc., etc., have now become unlawful UNLESS the authorities regulate and approve. Suddenly, it seems that much of what we associate with being human has become unlawful.

So what does one do when “It is not lawful”?
AT that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day. But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?3

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.4

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.5

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed [in contravention of the law], and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.6

And [the masters of Lydia] brought [Paul and Silas] to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.7
Perhaps we need to practice Civil Disobedience when the Powers become uncivil; honor only that which is honorable; refuse to be one of Stanley Milgram's SHOCKING 65%.8

SHERIFFS, DOCTORS, AND MARINES: “Reopen America!" ( The HighWire with Del Bigtree | May 8, 2020 | Time 11:43)
Yes, there is risk to acting with courage: risk that we will be targeted by the Powers; risk that their technology and bio-weapons will be used against us and our loved ones; risk that things might get worse as the Powers fight to retain their power, position, and prospects. And yes, this same question rings out in every nation: “What will become of me, if I leave their employ?” Perhaps the more pressing question is: What will become of this world, of human rights, of my fellow creatures, if I do not leave their employ? In the end, leaving might be a matter of life, even in death. But what is the alternative if the choice is for freedom and future?

1. DeYoung, Rebecca Konyndyk. Vainglory (p. 22). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.. Kindle Edition.
2. (which in truth is the Old Normal of every Tyranny that ever was — that loves to dictate how, when, where, and what people do and say)
3. New Testament | Matthew 12:1–4; Mark 2:24–26); Luke 6:2–4
4. New Testament | John 5:8–11
5. Old Testament | Daniel 3:16–18
6. Old Testament | Daniel 6:10
7. New Testament | Acts 16:20–21
8. Stanley Milgram

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