Those Pesky Pharisaical Lawyers

(DISCLAIMER: Lawyers provide a valuable service in a society of laws, and what follows is not an indictment of ALL lawyers, only the self-regulated and self-serving system within which they operate.)

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My grievance with the legal profession is well-documented. It has nothing to do with the people who work in the field and everything to do with the legal system itself, the institution that’s in charge of law and order in our culture. It’s about the “business” of the law, and the vast sums of money that are moved around in the name of justice.

It wasn’t Democrats or Republicans who gave them the form of absolute power they enjoy; it was the profession itself. This bothers me.

After all, legislatures are filled with lawyers, who then author and pass laws that benefit the profession and nobody else. It’s the greatest conflict of interest in the history of Western civilization, and why our culture leans so heavily on justice versus mercy. The idea that court decisions actually make law isn’t in our Constitution, because that job is given to the legislative branch. We, the people, have representation in the legislatures, not in the courts.

All of it benefits only lawyers.

I remember the arguments over whether lawyers should be allowed to advertise, but laws were passed (by lawyers) that opened the door with tight restrictions. It was designed to sell everybody on the idea of ads from lawyers, but mostly to line the pockets of media companies who were desperate for a new source of ad revenue. And so, the frog of public opinion leaped into the pot of mischief before the heat was turned up, and, ladies and gentlemen, that pot is now boiling.

Today, ambulance chasers have no need to chase ambulances anymore; they can simply create a brand strong enough to overwhelm “competition”. In Alabama, we have a personal injury lawyer named Alexander Shannarah who runs statewide ads and a statewide billboard campaign with the tag line, “Call me, Alabama!” I promise that the people of Alabama know of him and his office filled with lawyers to “help” victims of truck and automobile accidents.

It’s even worse now, because lawyers can actually recruit clients by hopping aboard court claims of responsibility from the community. The Boy Scouts were charged with covering up sexual sins and made a deal with accusers to avoid trial. So lawyers went on a fishing expedition to “find” victims so as to assist in their class-action efforts. The proof threshold is very low when you have a perpetrator as enormous as the Boy Scouts, and when these clients “win”, 40 percent or thereabouts of their settlement goes to the lawyers. It’s a bloody license to print money, and it drives us deeper and deeper into a process form of living, which is essentially run by the lawyers.

Same with heartburn medication, baby powder (baby powder, folks), and a host of other products, services, and businesses. The cumulative effect of all of these is a highly legalistic, black and white version of life under the sun. Blame is its number one weapon, for there’s no such thing as an accident these days. Not when there are lawyers around looking for deep pockets to sue.

Fear is their other weapon, a fear that we’ll not get our deserving “share” but mostly that we’ll lose something that we already have.

Yet, we’re always the ones who lose in these events, because they create the false narrative that somebody always has to pay for mistakes. They’re the garbage-feeding vultures of our world, and the only way to fight them is to have one on your staff or working for you. It means further employment for lawyers, who’ve done their job in creating their own significance in the culture.

Perhaps the greatest oxymoron in life today is “Christian Lawyer”, because lawyers work in a system of justice in which mercy is the enemy. The problem with this is that God is 100 percent of both and admonishes us through teachings and life itself to also be both. The limits of human understanding, however, see it as zero-sum and can’t comprehend such, which is why we so badly need to get off the justice-only train. It will inevitably shove us into a corner with no process to get us out.

The Pharisees and Sadducees of Jesus’ time were the lawyers of their day.

On the extreme right — and in their attempt to overthrow the U.S. government (See Anne Nelson’s powerful book Shadow Network: Media, Money, and the Secret Hub of the Radical Right) — lawyers played their black and white game to gain a political advantage over those who pitch the very mercy that Jesus taught us to practice. Believe me, folks, there’s nothing quite like self-righteous lawyer-Pharisees who use their “justice” to bully everyone else into submission. It’s a form of evil directly from the pits of hell, because it’s designed to appear otherwise.

Why do people passionate about abortion think their answer lies in having enough Supreme Court justices to cast aside the existing law? This is a pharisaical response to a messy, spiritual problem, and if so-called Pro-Life Christians worked more with young women in trouble, we’d get a lot further in resolving what is really a mercy issue, both for the mother and the baby.

Why does Donald Trump sue anybody who disagrees with him? Why does he use bankruptcy laws to further his empire? Lawyers seek out loopholes, because no law is perfect except those given to us by life itself, laws, by the way, that Mr. Trump ignores with impunity, thanks again to lawyers.

I won’t see changes here in my lifetime, but my hope is that others will take up the cause downstream. Human existence depends on it, unless everyone becomes a lawyer.

I’ll leave you with the suggestion that you read and study Matthew 23, where Jesus refers to such people as “show-offs.” (Contemporary English Version)

Verses 1–7: Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

2 The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. 3 So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.

4 They pile heavy burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help. 5 Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels for everyone to see. 6 They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the meeting places. 7 And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers.

This teaching concludes with this message of doom for such: “I can promise that you people living today will be punished for all these things!”

May God have mercy on us all.