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Does “Saving Life” Justify Force?

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Published on: April 7, 2020

In a lot of my articles, I regularly say, “My goal is to make you think.” Not only did my last article,Government wants the power to save you even if it destroys you,” get people thinking, it even got people talking. Wonderful, people should be talking. If you are talking you hopefully are thinking. Talking should be thinking out loud. Lately, talking seems to have become people parroting what they think will make them socially accepted, that is not thinking, that is thought control. A friend of mine told me about some of the discussions he had about my article and it got me thinking more about the subject of power.

My friend sent me a comment made by someone he was talking to and I thought it worth repeating here as it sums up many of the problems we are having now. The person stated:

“You’re article is wrong the church is not being shutdown, the reason the government is asking for us to stay and close down activity is to try and stop the spread of the virus, besides didn’t Jesus teach us that if we are offended to turn the other cheek? I would gladly stop going into a building if it means my neighbor and I might. Live”

I have no problem being told I am wrong. In fact, I think people need to do more of telling each other they are wrong, as long as it is done in the context of each person thinking about what the other person said.

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First of all the comment:“You’re article is wrong the church is not being shutdown,” is not true. It started out as government asking the churches to close their doors, now it has turned into church leaders being arrested if they hold a service. If people are being arrested it seems to me that we are being told, not asked, and the churches are indeed shutdown. Turning every church with a building into an online ministry is shutting down the in-person ministry. Now all we are discussing is how long, but as I write this on Sunday morning, I can drive from town to town and not find a church that is open, that people can go into and worship God.  If someone asks you to do what they are going to force you to do, how is that not force?

That, you agreed to be forced type of thinking, reminds me of the sleazy defense lawyers that used to argue that if the rape victim did not get beaten bad enough, it somehow made the rapist innocent. That line of thinking is just wicked and wrong. Whether it is rape, stealing, or the violation of Constitutional rights, the one taking them is wrong even if the victim does not resist.

The comment of: “I would gladly stop going into a building if it means my neighbor and I might. Live”, does not change the situation. The fact that this person gladly obeys does not prove he has a choice. The only thing that proves you have a choice is if you can do either thing, and the government does not punish you. Even if the church leaders who were arrested end up with the charges being dropped, the arrest was a form of punishment. This reality is lost on most judges, and it is unfortunate that judges do not have the opportunity to receive what they give. Then judges could see things different. Now judges are blinded by living in their own little world. Judges are isolated from the results of their decisions.

Think about the “saving a life is all that matters” thought process that is going on. Is it moral? If it is not moral how can we be in favor of it? Most people will say of course it is moral saving life is always moral. That is not true. Most of you have 2 lungs, 2 kidneys, 1 liver and 1 heart. If someone killed you and harvested your organs, they could save 6 lives. That would not be moral. Taking life, to save life, in and of itself is not moral. The context of taking life must always be examined.

Saying the rights of the many are more important than the individual, is untrue. The many are all individuals. If the 6 people formed a government and took the 1 person’s organs claiming it made it legal, all it would prove is that they had the power to get away with immoral behavior. That has been my point in all of this. Morality in our government’s behavior has been assumed, not questioned and proven. Any of the people in my organ transplant example, could lose their power and find themselves the next one person having their organs harvested and dead. Might does not make right. Saving life needs to be moral.

Power changes hands lightning fast. We need to demand that the power be used in a moral way. Claiming to save lives or claiming to keep people safe does not prove morality. What if the person claiming to save lives and keep people safe is wrong? What if everything they are doing upsets people and harms their lives so much that more people commit suicide. What happens if suicide goes from the second leading cause of death to the leading cause of death? Does anyone think that 10 million people becoming unemployed in 2 weeks will not have some kind of adverse affect on people? Will the people with the power and using the force, be held accountable if they are wrong? What if they cause more death than the lives they save? If they did then they would really be killers and not saviors?

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 130 people in the United States die of an opioid overdose every day. That is about 47,450 a year.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reports that on average there are 132 suicides per day. That is about 48,180 a year.

We lose 95,630 people a year to drug overdose and suicide. That is 9.9 times as many lives we have lost to COVID-19 thus fare. If the media and the government scare an enormous amount of people and destroy people’s finances, will more people die of drug overdose and suicide? If they do, will we gained anything from what the government has done for COVID-19? If the government makes things worse, what is the chance the people responsible will be held accountable?

In his article David Stockman showed the math with the unemployment numbers and the COVID-19 numbers. He showed:

47 jobless workers for every confirmed corona-virus case;

320 jobless for every hospitalization; and

2,112 jobless for every corona-virus death.

It is expected that the initial claims will rise to 20 million before the end of April. Think about that. These unemployment numbers, as shocking as they are, will likely double, which will double jobless numbers for every corona-virus death ratios.

When has our government ever been held accountable for being wrong? They just blame us for voting for them. Well, we need to be careful with how much power we give the government. That is why we need to think about what they are doing.

As for the people who ask: “didn’t Jesus teach us that if we are offended to turn the other cheek?” Yes he did, and it is important to understand what he said. In the Beatitudes prior to that Jesus said in Mathew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law” then in verse 19: “Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” That includes the commandment Jesus mentions in verse 21: “Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.”

There are many ways to kill, by action and by inaction. If a pacifist has a gun but allows himself to be murdered, instead of killing the murderer, the pacifist’s inaction caused the murder. Killing someone to stop a murder is just that, stopping a murder. The murderer caused the death by using aggressive force against an innocent individual. The death would not have happened if the murderer had left the innocent person alone, however the murder would happen, if the pacifist did not defend himself.

If you interpret the Bible so the guilty can murder, and the innocent die, search your soul and ask who do you really serve, God or the Devil? God did not give us the Bible so evil can rule the world. Allowing evil can be doing evil. This country better start taking responsibility, blind obedience is wicked and wrong.

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