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Thursday, March 24, 2005

UPDATED -Terri Schiavo and Jews for Life - Or Pharaoh and Our Judiciary

UPDATE II: As you know by now, the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the Terri Schiavo Case. That makes this post about the hardness of Pharaoh's heart all the more apt. Perhaps Jeb Bush will intervene. In the meantime, contemplate the following that I posted earlier:

In all the anti-life propaganda and rhetoric that is being spewed by pro-death forces, one meme is being repeated ad nauseum -- that is, the claim that the only ones supporting Terri Schindler-Schiavo are Fundamentalist Evangelical Christians. When they say or write the word "Christians," they say or write it with such distaste, such contempt and bile, that one almost expects them actually to eject venom from their mouths or their word processors.

Of course, it is not true at all that we Christians are the only ones who have a respect for life and it is not true that we are the only ones concerned and fighting for Terri Schiavo. There is a wonderful and beautiful organization called Jews for Life that actively promotes pro-life issues and that has been fighting as assiduously as we for Terri Schindler-Schiavo. I feel that Jews for Life has been given short shrift and has been unjustly ignored by the media.

It was while contemplating how grateful I am for Jews for Life also being involved, that a new idea occurred to me. I have blogged previously about the Pontius Pilate meme that has been making its way through the blogsphere. Many writers and bloggers have drawn a comparison between our judiciary and Pontius Pilate.

I feel that a more appropriate comparison may be made between our judiciary and the Pharaoh of the Old Testament as recounted in the book of Exodus. As you will recall, God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let God's people go free. Moses did as he was commanded. Moses worked all sorts of wonders, but Pharaoh would not listen or relent.

God visited nine devastating plagues upon Pharaoh and all of Egypt, and still Pharaoh would not change his mind. As a matter of fact, the Bible tells us that Pharaoh's heart was hardened all the more. It was not until the tenth and most heartbreaking plague that Pharaoh finally assented to let the Jews go free.

He had scarcely done so when he immediately reverted back to his hard hearted stance and sent his troops to take the Jews back by force. Even after God had shown every wonder and every just retribution, Pharaoh still had not learned anything.

That is why I think that our judiciary in the Terri Schiavo case can more aptly be compared to Pharaoh than to Pontius Pilate. Our judges are not merely washing their hands of the issue. No, they are instead adamantly, stubbornly, recalcitrantly refusing to listen to reason. No amount of proofs, no amount of appeals, no amount of legal wrangling, no amount of anything, not even an act of Congress can budge them. God Himself could visit a plague of locusts upon the Judge George Greers and the Judge James Whittemores of the world and it would not sway them. A river could turn to blood right in front of Michael Schiavo, his adulterous mistress and their illegitimate offspring and still they would not repent.

We don't have a Moses to argue for God before our judiciary on behalf of Terri Schiavo. However, we do have the blessed and beautiful Jews for Life, as well as all our other writers and bloggers, Christian or otherwise, who are trying to make Pharaoh see reason. For that, I am grateful unto the Lord our God.

Please continue to pray for Terri Schiavo and her family that God may move the very heart of Pharaoh by whatever means is His will. Pharaoh must not triumph in this case.

(P.S. I had written this entire thing, clicked on "Publish" and had an internal error and devoured my post! I had to try to recreate it from scratch. The original post was much better, but this is the best I could do.)

You've been told and NOW YOU KNOW.

UPDATE I: I had mentioned in a previous post that the meme of comparing our judiciary to Pontius Pilate was timely because of this being Holy Week and Good Friday and Easter are rapidly approaching.
Well, the Pharaoh comparison that I propose as more valid also works because of Passover. [Passover doesn't come this year until next month, but you'll recall the last supper was a Passover seder.]

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