I keep pretty busy, and so it probably isn’t a surprise that I deliberately listen to a lot of news to keep in touch with the world. I feel isolated if I do not get at least one news podcast in each day.
My primary day job, machining, is good and honest work, but it can be repetitive so news podcasts and audio books keep me sane for my 4-day work week at job #1.
I have been blogging a lot about defending others, and the injustices of suppressing facts. This week I came across a story that reminds me why I refused to stay in school for my master’s degree. It isn’t that I don’t love learning, but most colleges have turned into socialist/leftist enclaves, and just as they always do elsewhere, socialism and leftism yield their standard fruits: oppression, injustice, and death. Of course, as long as it is the death or suffering of political undesirables, socialists don’t really care.
Except this week, the oppression and death is literal. Social Justice is incompatible with actual justice, because social justice defines people by their racist and sexist niches (what color and sex you are determines what words you can say, what opinions you can hold, and whether or not you are guilty for the same actions.) In Texas a young man was accused of sexual harassment. The accusation was taken as proof. No investigation was made. The young man had no right to face his accuser. He was summarily banned from communicating with any potential witnesses, thereby making it impossible for him to gather any evidence or witnesses for his own defense. That is all right though, because he was expelled from the class without hearing, evidence, or opportunity to defend himself. I guess if you aren’t going to give the accused a chance to even attempt a defense, it doesn’t matter whether or not you have made a defense impossible.
I have a pair of takeaways from this.
The first is a sad and grave warning. Throughout history collectivist movements have been guilty of this sort of guilty-by-accusation “justice” settings. The French Revolution did it during The Terror. Communist and socialist countries like the old USSR and Cuba operate this way by default.
The warning is not that collectivism inevitably terrorizes individuals. An hour of historical research can prove that, and what benefit is that to us?
The warning is much more grave from Matthew 7:1-6 (ESV)
7 r“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 sFor with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and twith the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but udo not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’when there is the log in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the log out of your owneye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
There are a couple of obvious ways that this passage of Jesus’s teachings get twisted.
- Cutting and pasting. The first sentence of this passage is almost always quoted out of context. Don’t judge has nothing to do with keeping silent when someone does something wrong. The entire rest of the paragraph is about the process to confront wrongdoing, first in yourself and then in others.
- Misunderstanding judgment. In the cultural context, judgment here means to declare someone damned, irredeemably guilty, damaged goods, and beyond hope. This is the “you’re going to hell” sort of judgment that is forbidden. If you believe that Jesus is talking about the idea that it is wrong to correct another person’s wrongdoing or tell them that they are guilty of wrongdoing, then this passage directly contradicts about 60% of the Sermon on the Mount. You cannot have a consistent Savior and accept that interpretation of the word.
- Ignoring the self. In the end I am not responsible for the choices of others. I know and love many people whom I sincerely hope do not hold their professed beliefs above their beliefs in Jesus, or else by God’s Word I am afraid that I won’t get to hang out with them forever in heaven. I am, however, responsible for telling the the truth. Of course before I can be a credible witness, I need to deal with my own sinful nature as well. This came up repeatedly looking at the list of abominations in the previous blog series, that it is an abomination to think oneself righteous when we are not, and to declare others righteous when they are not.
- Stopping with the self. Once we have done the hard work, and relied upon God’s help, to make changes in our lives, we are not given the option to sit back and relax. Love for God (who made our fellow man) and love for those whom God loves (everyone who has ever lived) calls us to act on this truth. The two most obvious examples are drill sergeants and alcoholics. Professional military men who have set aside the civilian habits that endanger their mission and their fellow soldiers are the ones who teach civilians to become soldiers. Those whom God has delivered from the grip of alcoholism and other addictions turn out to be the best ones to help others in the same traps, because they have the personal experience to be compassionate (as our Lord is with us) and the experience to cut through the excuses and rationalizations that keep people trapped. Both the sergeants and the survivors are living proof that with God’s help the goal is achievable.
But to apply that principle specifically to the SJW perversion of justice, first we have to give the Law:
Even if you are sympathetic to leftist ideology, please fear the standard that God will bring your way in this lifetime or the next. I do not want you to face the standard you either perpetrate or condone here:
- None of us should have our freedoms removed the moment we are accused. All human beings should enjoy the presumption of innocence.
- None of us should be denied the right to mount a defense.
- All people should have a right to face their accuser.
- Because all people have biases, and even the best justice system has its imperfections, the right of judicial review and appeal is critical to a fair and free society.
- No one should be condemned or have their freedom changed without access to a fair trial.
Once again disgusted with the blatant short-term-memory hypocrisy of the left, none of the items I have advocated here are anything less than the very same rights that leftists demanded for captured enemy terrorist combatants in Guantanamo Bay. No matter how much externalized hatred or internalized guilt we may feel against straight white people, our different standards against them based on their race and gender (bathe in that irony for a bit) must not progress so far that we extend rights to those who have sworn our death and deny those same rights to our fellow countrymen who are the very neighbor we are commanded to love.
If it is not enough to change this tyrannically biased system of injustice out of love for our fellow human beings, then it needs to change out of fear that God is not blind, and he is just. He has told us what fruit we will reap if this is the oppression we sow.
But we have this good news: Whether we use God’s standards or our own, we all fall short. That is why this upcoming weekend we will celebrate once more Jesus’ death in our place and his victory over death that offers us the gift of eternal life through faith and trust in him.