What holds a culture – a nation – a people together? Well, it’s a few things, among them borders, language, a common cultural ethos, shared religious values, the sanctity of the family, faith in a form of government and trust of the legal system. For centuries America could – to some degree or other – check all of these boxes. Not perfectly, of course, there was that giant stain of slavery. But even that was subject to the steady march of the ideals of freedom that underpinned our founding documents. That is no longer the case. Each of these elements is under attack. And I want to start out by talking about the last one, trust in the legal system.
Now, we have seen one party politicize the legal system for its’ own benefit. Under Obama the IRS was weaponized against conservative organizations. A US Court declared that to be the case. And under President Biden, the FBI and the DOJ are being wielded like a club against allies and associates of President Trump. In a follow-up to the raid on Trump’s estate at Mara Lago, “up to 50 Trump supporters had their homes raided or were subpoenaed by Joe Biden’s DOJ.” Some of the more familiar names on the list were Rudi Giuliani, Sidney Powell and three Trump attorneys including Jenna Ellis. The DOJ is basically seeking all of their communications.[i] This is, at root, a harassment campaign aimed at political opponents. It is being accompanied by the launching of a public relations salvo depicting MAGA Republicans as enemies of the Constitution. Characterizing anyone who questions the validity of the last election as being an opponent of democracy. These are actions worthy of a Zelensky in Ukraine, not the putative head of the “Free” world. Here’s what Biden had to say. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.” But that is not the main target of this article. There is something about to be unleashed in Illinois that has the potential to undermine the entire fabric of society in that state.
On January 1 of 2023 a new law will go into effect in Illinois that could greatly affect and endanger society there. As WTVO in Rockford explains, the new law “means suspects charged with certain felonies — including second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and arson — will be released without bail.” About 400 criminal defendants will be set free. Abolishing bail is viewed by its’ proponents as a blow against racism. “The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity-Today Act (SAFE-T Act) would restrict which crimes a person can be arrested for, and would free those in custody for 12 offenses.” The law has become to be known as the Purge Act, after the movie series that came out in 2013. “The movies show a time in the American future where one day a year, all crime is legal, allowing for everyone to purge their bad and reducing crime levels.”[ii] Sounds like a time of complete chaos and dystopia. Maybe kind-of-like the Days of Noah or the coming Tribulation.
Jesus said, “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man..” (Luke 17:26) During the “days of Noah,” the world was filled with violence, sexual depravity, homosexual activity and acceptance, rejection and disbelief of the things of God – and probably most important – an exploding connection with the demonic / satanic, that fed the rest of these aspects of mankind’s rebellion. Tearing down the system of justice is a sure sign of satanic influence on a society. Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Allowing these crimes to be perpetrated on the people – to endager the citizenry – is a crime against God and man!
Here’s where it gets REALLY CRAZY! “The 12 offenses include: “Aggravated Battery, Aggravated DUI, Aggravated Fleeing, Burglary, Arson, Drug-Induced Homicide, Intimidation, Kidnapping, Robbery, 2nd-Degree Murder, and Threatening a public officer.” Judges cannot look at the individual merits of each case. Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley said he would not be able to arrest people for trespassing. [If someone set up house on your property the authorities could not remove him. They would just write him a ticket to appear in court. If he ignored that the person would be served with a court order, but could still effectively remain on the property. The police could not remove him until he missed the second court date. At that point a warrant could be issued.][iii]
Supporters of the law argue that this will make the justice system “more equitable” in that it will not punish people who cannot afford bail. NBC Chicago reports that according to state authorities, “judges will still be allowed to order pretrial detention in specific circumstances.” The bill states, “Detention only shall be imposed when it is determined that the defendant poses a specific, real and present threat to a person, or has a high likelihood of willful flight. However, “the state will bear the burden of proof in cases, required to present ‘clear and convincing evidence that the defendant committed an offense that qualifies for pretrial condition,’ as well as to present evidence that they would pose a ‘real and present threat’ to the safety of others if released.” This does not bode well for the citizens of Illinois and Chicago in particular, where the rates for murders and other violent crimes have been rising precipitously. Law enforcement organizations in the state have almost unanimously expressed their opposition to the new measure, pointing to the likelihood that crimes will skyrocket when hundreds – or possibly thousands of individuals with a violent history will be released into the public.[iv]
We’ve seen how this has worked out in New York, where a similar – though less drastic law – has resulted in crimes – often violent crimes – being committed by defendants released the same day. The bottom line is that laws like this are institutionalizing a system of lawlessness. Jesus had a message even for those who claimed to be His followers but did not walk in His ways. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven….And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21 & 23)
[i] Jim Hoft, Tucker Carlson Reads Off List of Trump Allies Targeted, Harassed and Subpoenaed by Biden Regime and Merrick Garland’s DOJ in Ongoing Political Purge, The Gateway Pundit, September 12, 2022
[ii] Illinois Passes New Purge Law, WKFR Kalamazoo, MI, viewed September 14, 2022
[iii] Illinois jails will turn many prisoners loose, WTVO Rockford, September 9, 2022
[iv] No More Cash Bail in Illinois?, NBC 5, Chicago, September 13, 2022