From Jim O'Brien
December 23, 2016

Hi Friend,

It's the Law

The great English statesman Edmund Burke once wrote, "...to form a free government; that is to temper together these opposite elements of liberty and restraint, in one consistent work requires much thought, deep reflection, a sagacious, powerful and combining mind."

The truth of these words is reflected in the laws passed by men who hold the reigns of power in a nation or a church. Good laws are a blessing to the people. One of the proofs that God is God is that no nation has ever had such good laws as those given to Israel by God. The wisdom of the laws of the Old Testament is too great to have come from the mind of any man, even Moses.

To undermine those laws, particularly for people who live 3,500 years after the fact, is a mark of extreme arrogance. Maybe that was what was so appalling when President Barack Obama mocked the laws of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

This is the same president who refused to allow the State of North Carolina to close its bathrooms to potential sexual predators. He unilaterally overruled the rights of parents to protect their children and husbands to protect their wives. This was not an act of Congress or a vote of the citizens. It was one man who forced his will on 300 million citizens.

His decision violated one of the founding principles of the United States, that our rights come from God and that every citizen has the right to defend himself.

Lawmakers are known to pass ridiculous laws from time to time. A law in England makes it illegal to raise your arms while riding a roller coaster when the temperature is above 77 degrees. Do citizens of England really need the government to protect them from people with body odor?

Under the Obama administration the U.S. Center for Disease Control published guidelines for college students on how to kiss. During the swine flu epidemic a few years ago the CDC instructed students to wear a surgical mask during this activity.

In his book "My Year of Living Biblically" author A. J. Jacobs writes about laws in the Bible that he considers hard to follow or make no sense. Even so, Jacobs is forced to admit that at the time of writing there was probably good reason for them and he also has to confess that most are beneficial today.

Skeptics have a heyday over biblical laws they consider nonsensical. The most frequent complaint is against mixing woolen and linen fabrics which even Jacobs admits was probably to distinguish Israelites from Gentiles. Future generations may look back at our culture and wonder why every state had a different design for its license plate. There may have been more wisdom to the prohibition against mixed fabrics then than there is to unique license plates now. Not to say that either is without basis.

Laws on the books in most states and even nations are less defensible than anything ever written by Moses for the civil government of ancient Israel. Did you know that it is against the law to sell an "E.T" doll in France? They have a law forbidding the sale of dolls that do not have human faces?

New York has a law against calling a sandwich a "corned beef sandwich" if it is made with white bread and mayonnaise. In California, not known for common sense laws, it's illegal to set a mousetrap without a hunting license.

In Massachusetts, it is illegal to go to bed without first having a bath-however, another law prohibits bathing on Sunday.

There are over 300 million laws on the books in the U.S. Barack Obama has issued over 1,000 executive orders that affect the citizens of this country. Three millennia from now Obama will be forgotten and Moses will still be revered.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien