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Using the "Law" to Break the Law

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by Michael Peroutka, Institute on the Constitution

Back in the nineteenth century, Frederic Bastiat, author of a famous book called The Law, wrote the following words concerning what he termed “legal plunder”:

“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”

Legal plunder occurs when government officials, who are charged with protecting our right to property, actually become the thieves who covet and convert our property to their own uses. In other words, they use the authority of the law to break the law.

Obamacare serves as an example of this. The Constitution provides no authority for the Federal government to regulate any aspect of health care. Nevertheless, Obamacare is declared by fiat to be lawful, and its implementation violates not only the Constitution, but also the jurisdictional boundaries which God has ordained. So the Federal government uses “the law” to break the law.

Of course, as Bastiat pointed out, none of this could occur without the prior contamination of the moral code. Legislatures, Executives and Courts, who believe that they are so wise that they can redefine God-ordained marriage and declare the killing of babies to be legal, are consequences of both the lawless state of the civil government and the failure of the church to positively affect the culture.

The rule of law has now become the rule of lawlessness.

And the road back to lawful government passes through repentance and revival.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003334633536 Chris Downey

    For some reason, I feel compelled to express great appreciation for the Steve Deace Show (all inclusive) for vigorously and successfully presenting the Christian message and connecting those dots in a mainstream media context. They probably don’t hear it often enough and there aren’t enough like them in the market; but at least they are a candle set on a table, not under a bushel…until God does grant repentance and revival to His people.