Justice and judgment [are] the habitation (establishment) of your throne: mercy and truth shall go before your face. ** Psalms 89:14
To do justice and judgment [is] more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. ** Proverbs 21:3
The Lord watches and is displeased, for there is no justice. ** Isaiah 59:59
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution, as adopted in 1791, reads as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or * prohibiting the free exercise thereof *; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
First there were the ""red, heathen savages" (to be hunted down and exterminated like rabid animals). Then came the "ignorant black niggers" (little children who needed their white masters to guide them). Moving along, we encounter the "Jews - "Kikes" (the world money-masters, often complete with devil horns under their hats, who drank the blood of Christian children as part of their religious practice). Included in our inventory of "sub-human" species were the "Chinks", "Spics" and "Micks" (Chinese, Spanish, Puerto Rican, Mexican) - They were good enough to serve as "beasts of burden" and cheap, EXPENDABLE" labor - but NOT quite good enough to rate as FULL human beings. Later we come to the European Immigrants, the Japanese, the Russians, northern Yankees, southern Rebels - as a matter of fact, ANYONE who wasn't a PURE, native born, white, Protestant Christian, patriotic American (like God, me and you [maybe ??])!!
From our Gilded Tower of "National Self-righteousness", we today have the audacity to criticize, condemn, and even wage war against those nations whom WE consider to be "trespassers of human dignity and rights", conveniently forgetting our OWN Civil War, fought so that one portion of our nation could defend and support their "RIGHT" to enslave their fellow man in order to keep them as POSSESSIONS to function as "WORK ANIMALS" !! This "RIGHT" cost our nation 620,000 lives, five years of bloody war and a financial expenditure of $6.7 billion (4 times the total government expenditures from 1789-1860). What is MOST PATHETIC is that there are those today who are STILL fighting this war in their hearts and , if they had THEIR way, would AGAIN take up arms and put it into practice !!!
Out of this war arose another of our "Landmarks of Freedom and Liberty", the infamous KKK !!
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) is the name of several past and present secret domestic terrorist organizations in the United States, generally in the southern states, that are best known for advocating white supremacy and acting as vigilantes while hidden behind conic masks and white robes. The first Klan was founded in 1865 by veterans of the Confederate Army. Its purpose was to restore white supremacy in the aftermath of the American Civil War. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
So deceived and twisted by hate and bigotry is this group of people that at their web site they ACTUALLY have the affrontry to use George Washington praying as their banner photo - and to try to pass themselves off as a "Christian" orginizatiion !! (from www.kkk.com)
Not content to exercise our self-righteous "national cleansing" upon racial ground, we also executed it upon social issues, with our indignation being poured out upon the Jews, Mormons, Roman Catholics and homosexuals - "Fags, queers, faggots". Knowing no bounds to our "witch hunting" insanity, we even decided to cleanse the land of "real" witches during the renowned "Salem Witch Trials" of 1692 and then those dreaded, soul-destroying "Darwinists" during the famed "Scopes Monkey Trial" of 1925 !!
We even extended our hypocrisy into the political arena during the "Communist witch hunt" of the late 1940's and 1950's (McCarthyism).As if our "cup of iniquity" were not full enough, we have even chosen the very arena of "Justice" itself - the courts and the Judicial System - in which to make a TOTAL mockery of it !!
I watched a movie the other day - "Just Ask My Children" Click [ HERE ] - based upon the TRUE story of the Kern County child abuse cases of the 1980's - Click [ HERE ]. This is perhaps only ONE account of the miscarriage of "Justice" perpetrated by self-centered, overzealous, promotion-seeking, (corrupt ????) bureaucrats and politicians. However, in terms of the magnitude of offense and the sheer AUDACITY of the officials involved as to the TOTAL disregard of the rights and due process of those accused, it boggles the mind as to HOW such total INJUSTICE could be perpetrated by a system ALLEGING to protect and dispense "Justice????" If you can watch this movie and do NOT burn with indignation, I would check for a pulse. Hitler and his Nazi regime would have been proud to have these people as a part of his organization !!!
What is even more appalling is that this event is a near-perfect, modern day reenactment of the social injustice and insanity that gripped the people of Salem Village in colonial Massachusetts during the renowned "Salem Witch Trials" of 1692. Click [ Here ]. We like to deceive ourselves as to how "modern and enlightened" we have become as a people, a society and a nation. However, the SAME basic nature that condemned and burned "witches", desecrated Native American Indians because we convinced ourselves that they were little more than "savage animals", and hung and burned blacks under cover of white robes and hoods STILL lurks under the "tissue thin" veneer of "enlightenment and civilization" !!!
Take heart, though, Fellow Citizens -- the "Witch Crisis" HAS been resolved. We have NO more "active, practicing witches" in the US, thanks to the diligent services of our "witch hunters" !!! Of course, I make the preceding statement facetiously, for, as C.S. Lewis observed in one of his books -- "We no longer burn witches at the stake for the simple reason that we do not TODAY believe that there are any "REAL" witches. Certainly, if we DID believe that there were creatures in human form who sold their souls to the Devil in exchange for evil, supernatural power to destroy, murder and poses the being of others, it most certainly WOULD be our (societies') obligation to deal with them !!"
My point is, it is amazing what "maniacal frenzy" will do for a crowd or a society. If the "witch madness" is upon it, they will find witches by the tens and hundreds - as confirmed by the "witch hunts and trials". Likewise, if we believe that there are "sexual predators" behind every door - or behind every touch, hug, embrace and kiss - then rest assured -- WE WILL SURELY FIND THEM THERE !!!!!!!
We claim to be Christian, discounting the truth that The Master, Jesus, the preeminent JEW, commanded us to do THIS which sums up ALL of God's requirements for man, "You shall love God with ALL of your being, and you shall love your associate as you love yourself." Later, some hypocrites who sought to weasel out of His command by nit-picking over exactly WHO was their "associate", were met by Him with this answer, "Your associate is ANYONE that you chance to encounter during your day's activities." He then goes even one step further with the command, "You hear that it was said, 'Love your associate and hate your enemy.' Yet I am saying to you -- Love your enemies and do GOOD to them."
I believe that Abe Lincoln put it VERY well in 1855 when he said, "Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it, 'all men are created equal except Negroes.' (When the ... get control, it will read. 'all men are created equal except Negroes, foreigners, Christians, Jews, and homosexuals'. NOTE: added by editor) When it comes to this, I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty --- to Russia, for instance --- where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."
Do you find the previous paragraphs offensive ?? Perhaps you don't like the words that I used !! I assure you that God finds the attitudes that lie BEHIND these words (that we mere "creatures" should so undertake to seperate, label and depreciate HIS Children) FAR more than merely "offensive". Of course, as Germany chooses to "forget ITS Hitler and the Nazis", we like to conveniently forget and ignore our less than sterling past !! However, it is NOT the past that I really want to dwell upon in this treatise, but rather, it is the PRESENT and the FUTURE. It is said that, "Those who choose to ignore or forget the past will continue its sins into the present and the future".
God designed His universe (both physical AND spiritual) to function according to the principle of "sowing and reaping".
Do not be deceived. God will not be made a fool (mocked). For a person will reap what he sows. The person who sows to his own flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not grow weary in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not give up. **** Galatians 6:7-9
Despite the fact that this nation was founded, according to the constitution, upon the concept of a "Superior, Creative Being who is concerned about and active in the affairs of men", we have today a nationwide, well organized, concerted effort to totally obliterate and render impotent any vestiges of LIVING Christianity from our society, with the ultimate desire to remove ALL Christians possessing a "LIVING FAITH" in their God and Creator !! In its place they would leave the "storefront illusion" (to console the foolish and to fool the consolable) of one more DEAD, manmade religious idol !!
Truly the Apostle Paul's words in Romans have again found their fulfillment in today's society:
For although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or give him thanks, but they became futile in their thoughts and their senseless hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshipped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. **** Romans 1:21-28
As a nation, we have sown some pretty bitter and disastrous seed, and are thusly reaping a treacherous crop. The problem is, the harvest is not yet by ANY means complete. Maybe we believe that we, as a nation AND as a people, are much more enlightened today than were our "primitive and superstitious" ancestors of yesterday. Perhaps we are, but as a nation, we may be even MORE possessed by the spirit of bigotry, persecution and racial hatred . What is most deadly is that we have hidden it under the honey coating of "political correctness".
This is the solemn pronouncement of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation: "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth! Because you say, 'I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing', but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, take my advice and buy gold from me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from me white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness will not be exposed, and buy eye salve to put on your eyes so you can see!" **** Revelation 3:14-18
We not longer "hate Niggers" - NO - we now have "racial and ideological differences with our Afro-American brothers" !! We don't actively persecute the "Kikes" anymore -- as a nation, we are afraid to do so. They have grown too politically and financially powerful. The Civil War STILL rages in the hearts and minds of MANY in both the North and South. We no longer hunt witches merely because we no longer believe that such things exist. As a nation, we have solved the "Darwin Issue" by proclaiming that, "God is irrelevant -- He has NO place in the public arena (many would say that He has no place AT ALL)" !! We no longer openly persecute "Fags" -- we are now a nation suffering from "homophobia" (so they tell us if we point out that God STILL counts homosexuality as a SIN). Woman MAY have won equality, but at WHAT cost ?? Where are the qualities that once rendered the "fairer sex" as being "fair" -- beauty, compassion, femininity, gentleness, graciousness, kindness, softness, tenderness, understanding and warmth ??????? As Jesus stated, it is NOT the words that come out of a man's mouth that are the true poison, but RATHER it is the thoughts and intents in his heart that motivate the words. Styles of expression may change form, may come and go, but the underlying attitudes remain the same !!
The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person. For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are the things that defile a person **** Matthew 15:18-20
Out of our national hysteria regarding child related abuse and sexual offenses, we have enacted our own "Scarlet Letter". It is not sufficient that convicted offenders should serve a just sentence -- whatever the court (Justice ????) system decrees it should be -- but "We the People" have decided that NO, they should be punished FOR LIFE by being registered in a national "sex-offender", publicly available data base. See [ Megan's Law ]. Why not go "full scale" and have a big, red "S" tattooed on their forehead along with an ID number on their arm ???
I am not advocating ANY TYPE of leniency toward those who commit LEGITIMATE crimes against children (OR adults). Let them be punished to the FULL extent of the law commiserate with their crime. However, when they have served their sentence and paid their due debt to society, they should be free - LIKE ANY OTHER CITIZEN - and NOT hounded and persecuted for LIFE !!! Are murders, mobsters, other violent criminals, blackmailers and extortionists required to register in a public database -- FOR LIFE ??
The problem, however, is NOT just legitimate, REAL criminal acts. The "child abuse hysteria" has so polluted and warped the fabric of our society and the minds of its people that many adults today are fearful of ANY contact with or sign of affection toward a minor (i.e. hug, arm around shoulder, kiss on cheek, etc.) least it be interpreted by the "abuse police" as an illicite action. These same people use their office and authority to intimidate those who would exercise legitimate discipline over children entrusted to their care. Innocent lives can be destroyed by the uncorroborated testimony of a disturbed or malicious individual (adult OR child).
C.S. Lewis detected this encroaching plague back in England during the 1950's, when HE tried to warn HIS countrymen in the following essay. Today, this cancer has permeated our American Legal and Judicial system, and we run in blindness and ignorance, like the proverbial "heard of Lemmings", over the cliff's edge !! As the man said:
There is a fine sentence in Bunyan: "It came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said, and however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a slave."
I think that we should ALL do well to read the book or view the video, "Animal Farm". Also, "The Greening of America", "Opposing the System" and Judicial Tyranny: The New Kings of America? Buy your INEXPENSIVE books at one of these sites: Amazon, Alibris, Abebooks.
I would STRONGLY recommend reading, "Judicial Tyranny", the Dangers of Judicial Activism
You might also wish to Download and Read "The Abolition Of Man", by C.S. Lewis.
Click [ Here ] for an excellent article entitled, "C. S. Lewis and the Meaning of Freedom"
I would also HIGHLY recommend that you read "An Ode to Money and Wealth" -- An excerpt from the book, "Atlas Shrugged", by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957.
Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies.
The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment, Res Judicatae (June 1953) ** by C.S. Lewis
I am a democrat because I believe that no man or group of men is good enough to be trusted with uncontrolled power over others. And the higher the pretensions of such power, the more dangerous I think it both to the rulers and to the subjects. Hence Theocracy is the worst of all governments. If we must have a tyrant a robber baron is far better than an inquisitor. The baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity at some point be sated; and since he dimly knows he is going wrong he may possibly repent. But the inquisitor who mistakes his own cruelty and lust of power and fear for the voice of Heaven will torment us infinitely because he torments us with the approval of his own conscience and his better impulses appear to him as temptations. And since Theocracy is the worst, the nearer any government approaches to Theocracy the worse it will be. A metaphysic, held by the rulers with the force of a religion, is a bad sign. It forbids them, like the inquisitor, to admit any grain of truth or good in their opponents, it abrogates the ordinary rules of morality, and it gives a seemingly high, super-personal sanction to all the very ordinary human passions by which, like other men, the rulers will frequently be actuated.
Of Other Worlds, p. 81 ** by C.S. Lewis
Never has the tyranny and gross injustice of the "humanitarian" theory of punishment-as-reform been revealed in more scintillating fashion than by C.S. Lewis. Noting that the "reformers" call their proposed actions "healing" or "therapy" rather than "punishment," Lewis adds:
Do not let us be deceived by a name. To be taken without consent from my home and friends; to lose my liberty; to undergo all those assaults on my personality which modern psychotherapy knows how to deliver . . . to know that this process will never end until either my captors have succeeded or I grown wise enough to cheat them with apparent success Ã¢â‚¬â€ who cares whether this is called Punishment or not? That it includes most of the elements for which any punishment is feared Ã¢â‚¬â€ shame, exile, bondage, and years eaten by the locust-is obvious. Only enormous ill-desert could justify it; but ill-desert is the very conception which the Humanitarian theory has thrown overboard.
Lewis goes on to demonstrate the particularly harsh tyranny that is likely to be levied by "humanitarians" out to inflict their "reforms" and "cures" on the populace:
Of all tyrannies a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baronÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals. But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because we "ought to have known better," is to be treated as a human person made in GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s image.
Furthermore, Lewis points out, the rulers can use the concept of "disease" as a means for terming any actions that they dislike as "crimes" and then to inflict a totalitarian rule in the name of Therapy.
For if crime and disease are to be regarded as the same thing, it follows that any state of mind which our masters choose to call "disease" can be treated as crime; and compulsorily cured. It will be vain to plead that states of mind which displease government need not always involve moral turpitude and do not therefore always deserve forfeiture of liberty. For our masters will not be using concepts of Desert and Punishment but those of disease and cure. . . . It will not be persecution. Even if the treatment is painful, even if it is lifelong, even if it is fatal, that will be only a regrettable accident; the intention was purely therapeutic. Even in ordinary medicine there were painful operations and fatal operations; so in this. But because they are "treatment," not punishment, they can be criticized only by fellow-experts and on technical grounds, never by men as men and on grounds of justice. 
Thus, we see that the fashionable reform approach to punishment can be at least as grotesque and far more uncertain and arbitrary than the deterrence principle. Retribution remains as our only just and viable theory of punishment and equal treatment for equal crime is fundamental to such retributive punishment. The barbaric turns out to be the just while the "modern" and the "humanitarian" turn out to be grotesque parodies of justice.
by C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
II. C.S. Lewis: The Injustice of Humanitarianism
i. Justice: The Justification for Punishment
1. Equitable punishment can only be achieved if the concepts of deserving and justice are realized.
2. There can not be mercy and forgiveness without the idea of deserving. Deserving, mercy and forgiveness can not be given without the idea of wrong. With the idea of wrong, there must be an idea of punishment.
3. Therefore punishment is justified and also necessary, because it is the recognition of a wrong doing and deserving, which ultimately enables the individual to receive mercy and forgiveness.
ii. Humanitarianism: Devoid of Justice and Rights
1. If crime is considered an illness, and not a wrong doing, there is no justice, but only a so called cure.
2. If the wrong doing is not punished, but treated as if one would treat an illness, there is no justice. To cure someone of an illness that he "could not help" leaves us without justice. First of all the individual is no longer held responsible for his actions, as a result of this belief the individual is not punished.
3. The individual has no rights with the humanitarian view because the "ill" person is no longer a man, but merely a patient to be treated. He is not considered to be a man of free will, he becomes no different from an animal. As a result his treatment is not voluntary, therefore he has no rights. But, his rights are not lost merely in the regards of his choice to accept treatment, but also in the regards of the human quality of exercising free will. Not only this; he has also lost his right to freely repent. Just as an animal is not deemed worthy of forgiveness, the man who committed the crime can no longer be forgiven.
iii. The Abuse and Tyranny of Humanitarianism
1. Once an individual commits a crime; his rights are lost. He is no longer a human being, but a sick person who needs a cure.
2. Morality, the concepts of right, wrong and punishment are replaced by narrow minded animalistic views of human beings. The treatment for a person who commits a crime is no longer any different from the treatment given to an individual who truly has a mental sickness or a wild animal. This is a grave injustice to the dignity of the human person.
" . . The Humanitarian theory removes from Punishment the concept of Desert. But the concept of Desert is the only connecting link between punishment and justice. It is only as deserved or undeserved that a sentence can be just or unjust. I do not here contend that the question 'Is it deserved?' is the only one we can reasonably ask about a punishment. We may very properly ask whether it is likely to deter others and to reform the criminal. But neither of these two last questions is a question about justice. There is no sense in talking about a 'just deterrent' or a 'just cure.' We demand of a deterrent not whether it is just but whether it will deter. We demand of a cure not whether it is just but whether it succeeds. Thus when we cease to consider what the criminal deserves and consider only what will cure him or deter others, we have tacitly removed him from the sphere of justice altogether; instead of a person, a subject of rights, we now have a mere object, a patient, a 'case.' . . .
There is a fine sentence in Bunyan: "It came burning hot into my mind, whatever he said, and however he flattered, when he got me home to his house, he would sell me for a slave."
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Those who call evil good and good evil are as good as dead, who turn darkness into light and light into darkness, who turn bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter. Those who think they are wise are as good as dead, those who think they possess understanding. Those who are champions at drinking wine are as good as dead, who display great courage when mixing strong drinks. They pronounce the guilty innocent for a payoff, they ignore the just cause of the innocent. Therefore, as flaming fire devours straw, and dry grass disintegrates in the flames, so their root will rot, and their flower will blow away like dust. For they have rejected the law of the Lord who commands armies, they have spurned the commands of the Holy One of Israel. **** 5:20-24
Shout loudly! Don't be quiet! Yell as loud as a trumpet! Confront my people with their rebellious deeds; confront Jacob's family with their sin They seek me day after day; they want to know my requirements, like a nation that does what is right and does not reject the law of their God. They ask me for just decrees; they want to be near God. They lament, 'Why don't you notice when we fast? Why don't you pay attention when we humble ourselves?' Look, at the same time you fast, you satisfy your selfish desires, you oppress your workers. Look, your fasting is accompanied by arguments, brawls, and fist fights. Do not fast as you do today, trying to make your voice heard in heaven. Is this really the kind of fasting I want? Do I want a day when people merely humble themselves, bowing their heads like a reed and stretching out on sackcloth and ashes? Is this really what you call a fast, a day that is pleasing to the Lord? No, this is the kind of fast I want. I want you to remove the sinful chains, to tear away the ropes of the burdensome yoke, to set free the oppressed, and to break every burdensome yoke. I want you to share your food with the hungry and to provide shelter for homeless, oppressed people. When you see someone naked, clothe him! Don't turn your back on your own flesh and blood! Then your light will shine like the sunrise; your restoration will quickly arrive; your godly behavior will go before you, and the Lord's splendor will be your rear guard. Then you will call out, and the Lord will respond; you will cry out, and he will reply, 'Here I am.' You must remove the burdensome yoke from among you and stop pointing fingers and speaking sinfully. **** 58:1-9
Look, the Lord's hand is not too weak to deliver you; his ear is not too deaf to hear you. But your sinful acts have alienated you from your God; your sins have caused him to reject you and not listen to your prayers. For your hands are stained with blood and your fingers with sin; your lips speak lies, your tongue utters malicious words. No one is concerned about justice; no one sets forth his case truthfully. They depend on false words and tell lies; they conceive of oppression and give birth to sin. ...... Their deeds are sinful; they commit violent crimes. They are eager to do evil, quick to shed innocent blood. Their thoughts are sinful; they crush and destroy. They are unfamiliar with peace; their deeds are unjust. They use deceitful methods, and whoever deals with them is unfamiliar with peace. For this reason deliverance is far from us and salvation does not reach us. We wait for light, but see only darkness; we wait for a bright light, but live in deep darkness. We grope along the wall like the blind, we grope like those who cannot see; we stumble at noontime as if it were evening. Though others are strong, we are like dead men. We wait for deliverance, but there is none, for salvation, but it is far from us. For you are aware of our many rebellious deeds, and our sins testify against us. We have rebelled and tried to deceive the Lord; we turned back from following our God. We stir up oppression and rebellion; we tell lies we concocted in our minds. Justice is driven back; godliness stands far off. Indeed, honesty stumbles in the city square and morality is not even able to enter. Honesty has disappeared; the one who tries to avoid evil is robbed. The Lord watches and is displeased, for there is no justice. ***** 59:1-15 Isaiah
The word of the Lord came to me: "As for you, son of man, are you willing to pronounce judgment on the bloody city? Then confront her with all her abominable deeds! Then say, 'This is what the sovereign Lord says: O city, who spills blood within herself (which brings on her doom), and who makes herself idols (which results in impurity), you are guilty because of the blood you shed and defiled by the idols you made. You have hastened the day of your doom; the end of your years has come. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations, an object to be mocked by all lands. Those both near and far from you will mock you, you with your bad reputation, full of turmoil. See how each of the princes of Israel living within you has used his authority to shed blood. They have treated father and mother within you with contempt; they have oppressed the foreigner among you; they have wronged the orphan and the widow within you. You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths! Slanderous men shed blood within you. They take bribes within you to shed blood. You engage in usury and charge interest; you extort money from your neighbors. You have forgotten me, declares the sovereign Lord. See, I strike my hands together at the dishonest profit you have made, and at the bloodshed they have done among you. Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong when I deal with you? I, the Lord, have spoken, and I will do it! I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you among various countries; I will remove your impurity from you. You will be profaned within yourself in the sight of the nations; then you will know that I am the Lord". Her officials are like wolves in her midst rending their prey, shedding blood and destroying lives, so they can get dishonest profit. Her prophets coat their messages with whitewash. They see false visions and announce lying omens for them, saying, 'This is what the sovereign Lord says,' when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have wronged the poor and needy; they have oppressed the foreigner who lives among them and denied them justice. I looked for a man from among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it, but I found no one. So I have poured my anger on them, and destroyed them with the fire of my fury. I hereby repay them for what they have done, declares the sovereign Lord". ****** Ezekiel 22:1-31