There is a problem that we face in this country. There is a growing movement that has caused the devaluation of women. Women are no longer seen as special and deserving of protection and care. The woman, once revered and honored in Western culture, has been reduced, at best, to an equal and, at worse, a sex object. This has had serious consequences. One of which is the rise of sexual assaults. Now, we learn that these acts are little more than minor offenses in the eyes of society.
What if your daughter was drugged and raped by a colleague? What would you expect to happen to such a man? How would you feel having to watch the man who drugged and raped you walk free? This is not a possibility, it happened in Washington D.C.
The Washington Post reports
She sat in the back of the courtroom, wearing oversize black sunglasses, watching as the former Democratic congressional aide was sentenced for slipping a sedative into her drink and then raping her.
It was the summer of 2010, and she had just arrived in Washington as a student intern. When they met, she believed Donny Ray Williams Jr., the longtime aide and former staff director for a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee, could help her find a job with Congress. But instead, she later told authorities, Williams drugged and assaulted her.
But as I said, Williams will not face any time in prison.
But as part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to ask the judge to suspend a 4 1/2-year prison term, meaning Williams will remain free as long as he stays out of trouble. Though the man before them had committed serious offenses, a prosecutor said, he had also suffered as a victim of an unrelated crime.
The reason is that the man was disfigured by an unknown man who threw acid on him. He has been permanently disfigured. Also, Williams has faced several surgeries and faces many more. He is unable to work having lost sight in one eye and greatly diminished sight in another. But, the question remains, is this enough?
In asking this question, we are assuming several things. First, that there is a level of suffering that this man can endure in his life at which point he is no longer guilty of a crime. But who determines this level, if it exists? When do we know that he has reached this arbitrary level?
Also, what about the victim? Has justice been served for her? See, we assume since she is not allowed to seek or extract vengeance on the perpetrator, then she is removed from the equation. There can be no punishment but from the state. However, the state did not burn Williams with acid. Had the state done this, I am sure that everyone would be up in arms. This means that though Williams has suffered, it is not because of his crime. This means that there is no justice.
Next, we assume that the state is the one offended by Williams’ crime and can determine when justice is served. This again is a wrong assumption. The reason that the state is given the sword is to exact the wrath of God (Rom. 13:1-5). The penalty should have been based on the standard of justice established by God.
These questions are no longer considered by Americans because we have left the righteous standard set down for us in God’s Law. When we do not believe that these standards are the rule for our own lives, we will not demand them of our leaders.
I discuss the use of the Law of God in my book, An Everlasting Covenant. It is available on Amazon.