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Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:
for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand, Joel 2:1.
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Thursday, 27 February 2014
A Grubby Peace built upon Grubby Deals
The revelation that a sordid litany of amnesty deals have been agreed with IRA terrorists so that they can escape prosecution for their vile crimes is the latest revelation to surface to indicate the squalid nature of the 'Peace' that presently exists in Northern Ireland. See here.
What makes it all the more nauseating is that IRA/SinnFein, and their ilk, have been lobbying vociferously to have soldiers and policemen held accountable for their actions in lawfully combating terrorists during the Troubles. It is little wonder they can't keep the smirk off their face as they chuckle their way through government.
Any peace process that involves buying off the terrorist; the subsequent elevation of these same terrorists to high government office and all the other concessions to the perpetrators of terror is immoral, unethical and unscriptural. Those who have long argued this to be the case are justified with every passing day in opposing what passes for government at Stormont.
I wonder how many blind eyes have been turned to these and a host of other matters, some of which have not yet seen the light of day? It begs the question what other grubby deals have been done that have not yet surfaced? It was always said in the past that God would bring the hidden things of darkness to light in the political and religious realm and that has been happening. Long may it continue!
It is no surprise that such deception comes out of Westminster. We have long ago learned that Tony Blair, and his cronies, traded in deception and much worse. Cameron is much better, but is cut from the same cloth.What is surprising is the ongoing gullibility of unionist politicians in Northern Ireland to be taken in by this deception. It will be interesting to see how long the present bluster lasts? Will it disappear with the change of the news cycle or will this latest revelation finally be the last straw and be deemed a price too much to pay to prop up terrorists in government any longer?
Justice is supposed to be impartial. Irrespective of who commits the crime the process of law and justice it to take its course. This has not happened in Northern Ireland for a long time. Any 'peace' built on the suppression or distortion of justice cannot last and cannot bring lasting good to any society. By its very nature it is corrupt and will rot, decay and collapse, for the seeds of its own destruction are within it.
Israel were warned in Old Testament times about how they should administer justice among themselves, Exodus 23:1,2& 6-8: Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment: … Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor in his cause. Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked. And thou shalt take no gift: for the gift blindeth the wise, and perverteth the words of the righteous;
Deuteronomy 16:18-20: Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
There has been much 'wresting' of judgment in this Province over recent times. I wonder how many 'gifts', of one sort or another, such as promises and assurances of political office, exchanged hands to make people turn a blind eye to these and other concessions to terrorists. Only eternity will reveal it all.
There is simply no way in which a society who so arbitrarily corrupts justice in this fashion can prosper. As God has said: I will not justify the wicked. To condone this type of behaviour is to set yourself against God and that surely is a most foolish thing to do.
May there yet be a turning away from folly and an embracing of truth, Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people, Proverbs 14:34.