Nathan’s Note: This article is from a religious (christian) point of view, but addresses a number of very good points regarding “Government and Innocent Blood.” It was originally written 20 years ago, and has been edited somewhat for this publication, with the author’s permission.
by “P. Henry”
It hasn’t changed much, has it?
Almost 2000 years ago (shy by 14 or so years), there was a corrupt politician who permitted the execution of a man he knew to be innocent. Although responsible for dispensing justice, the official believed that an impending riot (if he did not order the Man killed) jeopardized his own position. So he justified his cowardice by staging an act of “democratic” theatre, knowing full well what the outcome would be; that the mob had been carefully chosen to demand death for the accused Man. Aware that circumstances prevented the mob (or those who had called out the mob) from carrying out the execution, the official even assisted – he provided the guard to accomplish the “judicial killing.” And he did that after symbolically washing his hands of the innocent Man’s blood.
In this election season of 2016, we again see the modern-day disciples of that ancient official following his example. Like Pilate of old, today politicians of virtually every party and political opinion will declare themselves “personally opposed” to private executions of those who are known innocents. Many will even have publicly proclaimed their opposition to executing those who are convicted criminals. Like that Procurator, many of those running again for office (either the same or a new office) have long and well-known records of assisting in executions nonetheless. And for the same reason: they believe it is to their personal political advantage to cast a blind eye on the evil being done.
Yet, they will receive millions of votes, and be elected or reelected to public offices throughout the land. It is as though the execution of tens of millions of known innocents doesn’t matter in the least.
Many of those who vote for these politicians, these cowards who place more value on their political success than on the value of human life, will even claim to be followers of the innocent Man, long ago. Never mind that they ignore His teaching that what was done to the least members of society was done to him.
When this commentary was first written two decades ago, it was referring only to the evil practice of abortion of unborn children, which has stolen the lives of about sixty million people in only a few decades. But in 2016, it applies equally to those politicians who today allow and fund, or order, the killing of innocents, children, women, and even men, by proxy wars and killer drones.
Those who vote for any of these politicians must pray and study and ask themselves, whose blood is on whose hands?
P Henry is the nom de plume of a lover of liberty who is also a religious man.