by Lance Wells
During this year’s legislative session, numerous people were charged with trespassing at the Idaho State Capitol building. The accused were protesting the Legislature’s refusal to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s anti-discrimination laws. While some are hailing these protesters as heroes, State authorities are calling them misdemeanor offenders – despite their contention that they were merely exercising their rights. Which title is closer to the truth?
While I’m under no illusion that law enforcement agents are always the good guys, I am firmly in their corner regarding this matter. If the protesters’ arrests are viewed objectively in the light of some other scenarios, I contend that the issue takes on a different meaning from that which their supporters would like us to believe.
As a rule, those who escape judgment for one crime invariably face both temporal and spiritual justice for another. Mobster Al Capone conducted his most nefarious deeds without consequence for years, but was eventually imprisoned for tax evasion. Similarly, football star O.J. Simpson managed to gain an acquittal for double homicide, but wound up in prison for a pathetic botched robbery attempt (after having been shunned by most of society in the interim). Deteriorating physical health took a grave toll on both men. In general, criminals receive a comprehensive comeuppance sooner or later, and they are sent to the same places without regard for what variety of criminal they may be. This is in accordance with James 2:10, which states: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” It also aligns with Jesus’ words as recorded in Luke 8:17: “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest.” The truth is always made known in time.
The State’s deviants and their accomplices have been flaunting their disregard for both moral and State law for some time: Idaho still has a strict statute against the infamous crime against nature on its books, regardless of any Supreme Court rulings. Despite their evasion of those laws, they have now proven themselves to be no more than common criminals in another way. This isn’t surprising; lawbreakers tend to branch out into more types of transgressions until they are caught. And when they are inevitably caught, law abiding citizens aren’t particularly concerned with what they are caught doing, but are simply relieved that they are off the streets (or out of the Statehouse). We should then hope and pray that they might learn from the resulting consequences, for the Scriptures make it clear that God prefers mercy to judgment (Ezekiel 18:23), and that we ought to pray for our enemies (Matthew 5:44-45).
Another facet of interest regarding these arrests is illuminated by Proverbs 26:27: “Whoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him.” In late 2012, Boise’s City Council gladly surrendered to the influence of the LGBT crowd by making it illegal to “discriminate” against someone who chooses such a lifestyle. Anyone found guilty of violating local ordinance O-36-12 would be subject to up to six months of incarceration and as much as $1000 in fines. To my knowledge, no one has yet been charged with this purported crime, but the protesters are facing up to six months and $1000 for the verifiable crime of trespassing. These busybodies have been caught in their own net, and they walked straight into it in full view of the whole world! God’s justice is truly poetic, for those who grasp the rhyme and the meter.