Law should Rule over Rulers and not Rulers over Law / by kevin murray

There is no more important document in the annals of American history, than our Declaration of Independence, to which these immortal words were written: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."  These words are the very foundation of the legitimacy of our nation, and of the nation's laws which apply specifically to all men, not certain men, or some men, which means that these same laws must, by definition, apply to those that are our rulers who should thereby not be considered to have the imprint of the Divine Rights of Kings, but instead to be in the position of stewardship. 

 

Further to this point, since we are all entitled to the same unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, that same Law, that same Right, should rule over our rulers, and it should never be that the rulers make law that undermines this very foundation and furthermore places the rulers and their cohorts in a position to which they interpret, distort, or bend the law in a manner that favors the elitist few, at the expense of the masses.  The laws that this country has should always be in the form that restrains the rulers from asserting arbitrary law and injustices upon the population as a whole.  This means that forever more, the Divine Rights of Kings, that they are the law as appointed and sanctioned by God, has been placed into the dustbin of history, to be replaced by law, right law, as being applicable to all.

 

As America has grown older, its wisdom has dissipated, and it has bastardized its very foundation, misunderstanding that the people were never made for the rulers, but that rulers were made necessary as an adjunct to the people, in order to provide more benefit, equal justice, and security for the people.  How many in our government, in our justice departments, and in leadership positions, understand these words: "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath." (Mark 2:27).   This does not mean that our leaders, that our rulers, must bow down to the people, but instead that our leaders must be great stewards to their awesome responsibilities to provide to their charge, the tools and wherewithal so that they can be all that they can be, to the betterment of themselves, to the betterment of their families, to the betterment of their communities, and ultimately to the betterment of their country.  No country can be greater than their own people; the rulers therefore, must lead by example, by being principled leaders, unparalleled in their vision, their wisdom, and their strength.

 

The gift of our leaders to their people is the gift of helping to provide the means, and the guidance for the people to perform acts of goodness as opposed to pure selfishness or evil and thereby for the people to garner the will and the desire to succeed in so doing their good deeds to the best of their given abilities.  Great leaders are fair, prudent, just, and honorable in their actions which are done both as a service and as an exemplar to and for the people.  A righteous leader understands implicitly as well as explicitly that he too must answer for his actions, even more so, than you or I, for with great powers comes great responsibilities, as our Creator is no respecter of persons and will not be fooled.