"How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law." -Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail
While we remember Dr. Martin Luther King today and his impact on the civil rights movement, thousands of Americans are planning to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump as the the 45th President of the United States. Dr. King created nonviolent public protests that brought about righteous changes in America. What would he think of those planning protests this week?
Are their demands just or unjust according to Dr. King's definition? While some might be just in the eyes of God, many protestors have thrown away any pretense of following in the Judeo-Christian foundation of America's founding and of King's philosophy.
As you watch the news this week, analyze whether the protestors' demands and actions are just - or not. For example,
Do the protestors want the things that others have without earning them?
Are the protestors demands based upon truth or lies?
Do the protestors demands respect the property of others or seek to steal or destroy it?
Do the protestors demands honor marriage?
Do the protestors demands protect life?
Do the protestors demands respect the wisdom of our ancestors?
Do the protestors demands reflect a balance of honest work and rest dedicated to God?
Do the protestors demands idolize things, policies and personalities above God?
Do the protestors words and action honor God and God's law?
Do the protestors words and actions show love for God and neighbor?
Do the protestors acknowledge that all people, male and female, are created in the image of God?
We shouldn't stop with these questions only for the protestors. After they go home, will President Trump's administration follow Dr. King's definitions of just and unjust laws as well?
To Make America Good Again, let's follow God's laws in our own lives and make sure we speak up if our government - at any level - violates the "laws of Nature and Nature's God." These few questions are based upon the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20), the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-38) and the Creation (Genesis 1:27). The Bible includes much more on God's justice and guidance for us if we would only look.