We, especially we here in Washington State, seem to be under a barrage of new laws lately that define the kind of people we will become. At this crossroads, will we remain a nation held to the high moral standards set by our founders or will we pass unjust laws that serve the desires of man?
Fifty or so years ago Martin Luther King wrote from a jail cell during another crossroads period of time in our nation. I remembered that he talked about the difference between just and unjust laws so I reread his Letter from Birmingham Jail this morning.
“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
I would take this one step further and say that to have a nation of “just” laws, we must elect “just” leaders
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.