The “brood”: sunédrion, the pharisee, and the scribe (yikes).
Writers are often deemed as scribes (and all too-often are simply that); so for the purpose of this sojourn, I will try and “rise above” the lowly journalist, log-keeper…scribe.
If you’ll take a moment to remember back during the days of the election of President Obama, there were so many comparisons made to a savior figure.
Logos is defined as the divine word of God Himself…the truth, the way and the light – the absolute stopping point for the buck.
In our earthly realm, it was a “brood of vipers” who brought “justice” on our Lord and Savior through an ethereal form of logos.
They twisted the law, and to coin a Southern colloquialism “whooped up the crowds” into a frenzied state.
To twist the law requires the use of logic, but more a warped sort of logic of the kind practiced by Sophocles (in the form of sophistry).
Sophistry is the art of making plausible, yet fallacious, argumentation.
One example of such logic might be where the Sanhedrin make the claim that Christ should be executed as the result of his “blasphemy” in claiming to “be” God — something that is not, and can not be documented.
What Christ claimed to be was the “son” of God.
The Sanhedrin were able to take one point and essentially incite a crowd to riot through the thin logic and theatrics (rending their clothes, taking on a boisterous aire of righteous indignation).
They brought a man to his death through a twisting of the truth.
Or how about these examples;
“Can a state university’s law review expand its affirmative action program to include special treatment for gay students as well as racial minorities? Does a man have any right to stop his ex-wife from using their frozen embryos to try to get pregnant? Can parents whose daughter is in a vegetative state be prohibited from trying to clone her?”,
“…should “Splitsville,” a city plagued by residential segregation and failing schools, be permitted to create an all black, all-male career academy, or is the “Ujamaa School” unlawful discrimination?”,
“…one 2003 question describes the state of “Nirvana,” where a gay couple, Richard and Michael, want a child. Would Nirvana’s laws prohibiting gays from paying surrogate mothers or adopting children,” it was asked, “violate the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process?”.
These “hotbutton” issues are designed as legal constructs for first recognizing that there is an issue for which the law “may” apply.
Once the issue is recognized, the leap in logic then looks for a law that may apply.
For example, suppose a law that was implemented for a specific purpose, say, a rule that was designed to protect against discrimination based on race, creed or color – would it be logical to then to “stretch” that law to include perhaps gender, or choice of reproductive partner?
The issue for me personally is that God’s laws defined precisely how one would go about producing a child. Birds know it, bees know it, and with the advent of the internet, so does just about everybody else.
In producing that child, you become that child’s Mother of Father.
Pretty obvious law from my perspective.
Reminds me of those who believe they are above laws of physics and could cheat gravity, or somehow grow wings where their arms are supposed to be – kind of delusional, methinks.
So, there is a sophistry that takes place…a “bending” of the law.
Jesus Christ claims to be the son of God, so let’s just stretch that a little and say that he claims to be God Himself.
Where I come from there is a concept called “brass tacks” (or “getting down to brass tacks”).
It is debated about the origin of the concept, but one definition has to do with manila folders used in early days of education, where the papers in these folders were held in place by “brass” tacks that were placed through holes in the papers and then the legs of the tack were bent back to hold the papers in place.
Placing one’s work in such a folder, the brass tack was sort of the final step…it symbolized this completion of the job, and tying all the work together within the folder.
“Getting down to brass tacks,” represented getting down to the essence…the final verse, the last step.
When Christ speaks of God’s law, He speaks of something incontrovertible. It is that final word, that “brass tack”.
There is no ambiguity, no wiggle room, no sophistry, no vascillation.
I believe that a pale image of this should always be our goal on this side of heaven; to emulate His perfection, His grace, and the elegant absolutes of His Logos.
We should always try and stick to the brass tacks.
In the world of manufacturing and production, it is a widely-known rule that one should always use a tool for, and only for, its intended purpose.
Do not use a screwdriver as a punch, or a wrench as a hammer.
Everything has its intended purpose, and its intended use.
I think the same concept should be applied to both the law, and the truth.
If a law was designated for one purpose, use it for that purpose (don’t stretch it so that it “fits” other “issues”).
If a new law is required, try and make it. Free country.
Oh, and by the way, I also believe in the concept of keeping an eye on history so one can better understand the present, as well as the future.
The examples used in the offset quotes above were all taken from President Obama’s take-home, open-book, law exams that he administered as a Professor teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago (click here for the article, and take note of the date; it was written during the Presidential campaign, and before Obama was elected).
“Where have all the jobs gone,
long time passing.
Where have all the corporations gone,
long time away.
Where have all the oil wells gone…
gone to collectivist graveyards, every one.
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?”