Jesus Is an Anarchist
In Jesus's day, as
well as in modern times, lawyers have had quite a system worked out for
themselves. Not only are lawyers the ones that write the laws, but they
are also the ones who become rich in prosecuting and defending people from
those very laws that they or their colleagues have written in the first
As well, most
politicians, especially in modern times, are also lawyers. Thus,
throughout history there has existed a grotesque system whereby the very
people responsible for the laws have a perverse incentive in making sure
that they are as arcane, unintelligible, Byzantine and numerous as
possible – hence, always insuring a healthy demand for their services.
This fact was
certainly not lost on Jesus, and He made a point to warn lawyers that they
are putting their very souls at stake in their chosen profession. Thus:
Matthew 23:13 "Woe to
you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the
kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will
you let those enter who are trying to." (NIV)
Luke 11:46,52: And He
said, "Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to
bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your
fingers. [...] [verse 52:] "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away
the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were
entering in you hindered."
This is not to say
that all lawyers throughout history are unrighteous. There has existed and
does exist a few principled lawyers who entered their profession in order
to defend righteous people from the unjust laws that their colleagues are
responsible for – but they are and have been quite a minority indeed.
The simple fact of the
matter is that most lawyers are simply in it for the money, and generally
have shown little to no interest in rolling back or defending against
unjust laws if doing so negatively affects their bottom line.
Even the ones that
often appear on the surface to be fighting against bad laws are usually
being paid quite handsomely in doing so (think ACLU), or are loyal
opposition and have already been bought and paid for to purposely lose the
case in order to generate bad legal precedent in the case law, etc., etc.
So a "Christian
lawyer" is not an absolute contradiction in terms, it's just exceedingly
rare – and to the extent that such rare individuals do exist God has
undoubtedly blessed them for their work in protecting His children against
this Satanic world system.
But in the main, how
true indeed Jesus was being when He warned lawyers that they were
jeopardizing their very souls in practicing the profession that they have
chosen! Woe to lawyers indeed!