Perceptions on the Death of Antonin Scalia
The big news story this week, of course, has to do with the sudden, unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Naturally the death of such a key player on the U.S. political scene would make every conceivable headline on every conceivable news forum and after a few days when the novelty of the death would have faded from the public’s immediate attention, Americans would go back to focusing on the Kardashians and racially driven boycotts of award shows. But the death of Justice Scalia has essentially polarized our nation. Not that we’ve learned of some obvious heinous act that caused the man’s death, but our nation is split over his death because a great number of us in this nation do not trust our government. We do not trust our government to provide for our common safety nor to have our best interests at heart. In fact, a growing number of us actually feel that our government, in many respects, is working against us–is planning to do us wrong–to stab us in the back. The death of Justice Scalia is more of an indicator of just how much distrust we have for the good or noble intentions of our government towards her people.
Our nation has entered a period of angst and uncertainty as our concerns rotate around a variety of social, political, cultural, economic and international issues. For decades we’ve turned to our government to resolve these circular issues or concerns for us. Be that they were handled well or poorly, the American public generally accepted the fact that the U.S. government dealt with the problem. The perception of the public has generally been–in the past–that our government has our best interests at heart, regardless how badly the issues are resolved. 911 was a prime example of this. Terror struck our nation and our government reacted, although that reaction in hindsight, some 14-years later, was for all intents and purposes the wrong thing to do. Iraq did not attack our shores, yet the nation of Iraq paid dearly for something that other, as of today, unnamed entities did to us. Yet we for the most part went along with the destruction and destabilization of Iraq. The Kennedy assassination, some 52-years ago: the same thing–Lee Harvey Oswald is deemed the lone assassin of a sitting president of the United States, as impossible as this scenario has been shown by a host of experts over the decades, we like sheep accepted the lame story given to us and we’ve moved on with our lives. And these are just the big events that made the national headlines. God only knows about the untold hundreds, if not thousands, of little known events that occur each day, month and year in this country, that we never hear about. Yet we simply continue to trust. Well, maybe not so much today. Maybe we are finally waking up to the fact that governments are not where one should place their trust.
Does it make sense that a Supreme Court Justice, who was set to rule on key constitutional issues in the court such as “gun control” and “environmental taxes” among so many other vital issues–all in support of conservativism and adherence to the Constitution of these United States–does it make sense that a man who had no known reason to suddenly die, is found dead in bed at a resort ranch in Texas–some report with a pillow covering his head–yet the powers that be over our nation have quickly swept his death under the proverbial carpet? Does it make sense that one of the most powerful men in the world is left unprotected (that is his protection detail told to stand down for the weekend) at a resort over the weekend and ends up dead, yet the majority of leaders in our government don’t even bat an eye? Does it make sense with so much national angst over this death that our beloved government has taken it upon itself to deny the nation a true accounting and explanation of this man’s death through the use of a postmortem examination, especially when so many experts in the field of forensics and law enforcement are screaming at the top of their voices that something stinks to high heaven about this death?
Indeed, our nation is split–split because of distrust of government than over the death of Mr. Scalia. I prefer to call this situation polarizing. Yet poll after poll shows an undeniable distrust among the American populous towards her government–some polls showing as high as 87% of Americans distrust the United States Government. Simply conduct a simple Google search and you will see that our nation has serious trust issues. And the timing could not be any more incendiary than it is now with the advent of republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading the charge against “establishment government” and bringing to the forefront of popular discourse in this country, the issue–the boldface issue–of American distrust of her government. Other leaders in our society are also trumpeting this distrust and eliciting positive action in response to this distrust–Alex Jones, Matt Drudge and Michael Savage to name just a few.
But what about the true believer in Y’shua Messiah? Where should a true believer in Y’shua Messiah fall out as it relates to this question of trust in man and in his governments? The writer of Psalms 146 states:
“Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, who cannot deliver!2 (Psa 146:3 NET)
For whatever reason, we tend to always put our trust in men. It’s easily explained as it relates to the secular world–men are all they know. But for us, the so-called redeemed of the Most High–His Elect–His Chosen–we have the same propensity to place all our trust in men before we place even the slightest trust in Yahovah. Take myself for instance: I often stress about a great many things and I am so quick to turn to others to resolve issues that I need to have resolved. I will tend to avoid going to Yahovah for fixing of my problems, but choose instead to go to others or even rely upon myself to fix those problems. And it’s not until it’s way too late that I realize that I never once considered turning my cares over to Yahovah. Why do I choose to trust man over Yahovah, especially when we’ve been advised not to? Consider:
Psa 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. Psa 118:9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
Isa 2:22 Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?
Jer 17:5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Psa 60:11 Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!
The great Apostle Peter wrote:
6 ¶ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(1Pe 5:6-11 KJV)
Yahovah is pleading with us to cast our cares upon Him and not rely upon man, nor the governments of this world. These are elements of the enemy that cannot deliver us from the pending destruction that is certain to overtake us unless we find refuge in His perfect will for our lives. Oh, man’s handling of things on our behalf may lend some momentary relief from the angst we may feel over the things in life that challenge and trouble us, but in the end, man is incapable of really delivering us from the onslaught of evil and destruction that hangs over our heads like the sword of Damocles. I believe our government, be it as a result of inability or be it as a result of intentional harm; our government can not be trusted to do the right thing for its people. The government is run by men who in turn are run by satan (aka: hasatan). We know that hasatan has no love for men and his purpose is to harm men and humiliate them in front of Yahovah at every turn.
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not what most of us perceive it to be. In reality, the death of Mr. Scalia should concern us as citizens of this country that our government does not have our best interest at heart and that our government may, for all intents and purposes–being a puppet of hasatan–have less than honorable intentions towards us. The death of Antonin Scalia should, conversely, push us to seek after the care and providence of Yahovah and the only way that we can be secure in Yahovah’s care is for us is to turn our cares over to Yahovah and obey His commandments. If we fail to do just that, we may as well trust our ratty ole government to in the end, throw us under that proverbial bus. It’s just that simple.
Humbly and Lovingly Submitted–Rod Thomas