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A particular phrase struck me today as I was reading the story of Jesus casting out the “legion” of demons from a man in the Gerasene region of Galilee. St. Luke tells us that, upon being released from the demons’ power, the man “begged that he might be with [Jesus.]” (Lk. 8:38) And I prayed, “Lord, give me the character of this man, a spirit that begs to be with you.” I have found such a yearning lacking lately, what with all the burdens of first-year law school. But I would earnestly have such a longing, such a heart, that “begs” to “be with Jesus.”

Based on my reading of the Supreme Court’s “Commerce Clause” jurisprudence, Congress could “rationally find” that the eating of sugar “significantly undermines the quality of education in our Nation’s classrooms,” and given such undermining of education, find that eating sugar “is a commercial problem.” And if it’s a commercial problem: BINGO! Congress may outlaw the eating of sugar under the commerce clause. This is lunacy, and the American people have bought into it on a massive scale.

The Supreme Court, in United States v. Kahriger, ruled that “unless there are provisions [in a tax bill], extraneous to any tax need, courts are without authority to limit the exercise of the taxing power.” Translation: The Congress can tax anything and everything until the cows come home because there will always be the need to raise revenue (i.e., “a tax need”). More lunacy, of course. The government’s taxing powers, along with the commerce clause, have become vehicles for leftist social engineering, with the Court’s full complicity of course. So, in Nancy Pelosi’s world, the Congress can tax us in order to pay for condom distribution, which will in turn “stimulate” the economy because there will then be less babies around to take women’s attention away from the work force. Nice!

St. James writes, “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” This was often a sobering thought to me during my ten years teaching Bible. Yet for all that, I would LOVE to teach the Bible again, even if only in a church setting. I’m missing it. It’s hard to go off something cold-turkey that you’ve spent the previous decade doing, particularly when you loved doing it. I don’t take this to mean that I’ve made a mistake in deciding to be a lawyer, but I do take it to mean that, Lord willing, I want to teach the Scriptures again, in some manner or fashion…and sooner rather than later.

I’m starting to like Clarence Thomas’ judicial opinions more and more. I think I’ll start reading more of his opinions, and more writings on him, this summer.

God says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” Yet what do you do when God’s wisdom says, “Surrender to the enemy King of Babylon who is now at your city walls,” or “Reduce your army to 300 men,” or “Stay in the city where they are persecuting you for your preaching of the gospel?” We generally like our “wisdom” to be of the comfortable, humanly logical, sort, a wisdom that seems to confirm our already held predilections. Yet, “the wisdom of this world is folly with God.” To borrow from C.S. Lewis, God’s wisdom is rarely “safe,” but it’s “good.” May we rejoice in receiving and following it.

Thomas L. Friedman wrote a column a few weeks back called Average is Over. Now we can expect all manner of self-help gurus and pop-psychology “life coaches” and business “leaders” to start parroting this little catch-phrase. Yet Friedman is at his self-contradictory best here (If you set out to be an “above average” waiter, but restaurants are replacing waiters with computers, well, what have you got?), and it’s not too hard to figure out what his ultimate conclusion is: Have the government double, triple and quadruple down on “more education.” If “average is over,” then Friedman needs to stop writing.



Written by Michael Duenes

February 21, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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