Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Street Justice

   Like most third world countries the Philippines has a failing justice system.  When the legislative branch of government is busy making laws that suit the powerful few and the executive branch is busy with its own agenda then the judiciary has no one to answer to.  The long arm of the law becomes scared of executing justice due to a future with no disability pension and leans on corruption just to make ends meet.  All these result in street justice.

   Street justice is an unchoreographed flash mob pouncing on a teenager who picked a wallet or a loaf of bread from a convenience store.  Depending on the number of eager participants the penalty could be short, equal or over the cost of the crime.  

   Another feature of street justice is the hiring of a jail guard to execute an incarcerated murderer.  The guard only needs to claim the man went for his gun.  

   The first crime by man against man in the Bible was the murder of Abel by his brother Cain.  God did not strike Cain dead in fact Cain was marked to protect him from vengeance.  [And God said to him, “Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.” And God set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.] (Genesis 4:15).  Was the God of justice unjust?  

   The same God said in Deuteronomy 32:35, “Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things to come hasten upon them.”

   Does God feel for the victims?  He said in Zechariah 2:8, “he that is touching you is touching my eyeball.”  He feels the pain before the victim does.  

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