Preamble: Little did I know, when recording this Video Log yesterday, that I would be sitting here watching the All Blacks defeat South Africa, taking them into the World Cup Final. We were in New Zealand in 2011 when they won the inaugural World Cup, the country ecstatic with joy. Caught up in the celebration, I was inspired to purchase two of the classic All Black T-shirts featured here and on the Vlog. UPDATE: New Zealand to meet Australia in the final. A match made down under! Now to the other very important feature at hand.
(Because Evil Is Legitimized)
As I write, All-hallows’-Eve is on the horizon, ghouls and ghosts galore. Scary time! Actually, Halloween is an abbreviation of All-hallow-evening, which is the night before All-Saints’-Day, followed by the feast of All Souls, eventually coming to be known as “night-of-the-dead.”
As a kid, Halloween was my favorite night of the year. Besides the treats were the tricks gleefully performed, whether it be soaping someone's windows, dumping trash barrels on a grouchy neighbor’s lawn or letting air out of tires, all seemingly acceptable for those few hours. It’s the one night of the year when evil is legitimized.
What's even more scary than ghosts and goblins, is how over time, a compassion-filled sacred vigil (poor souls being liberated from purgatory) can subtly transition into a fear-filled secular festivity where evil and cowering reign.
Whilst Halloween has evolved out of Catholic tradition, rest assured that they are not alone when it comes to juxtaposing the sacred with the secular over time. We've come to expect it in the secular realm, i.e., the prosecutor legitimizing evil in the name of justice–the law, separating the legal business from the compassion business (previous post).
30 years later the original prosecutor of the "wrongful conviction" says, "You see mother justice sometimes, a statue. And she has a blindfold over her eyes. She was crying last night because that wasn't justice. That wasn't justice at all.”
Conversely, the present day prosecutor, the one who isn’t in the compassion business, was quite satisfied that because of a loophole in the law this now proven innocent victim was denied $11,000 for every year of wrongful imprisonment. Instead, he was given a $20 gift card wishing him good luck. Interviewer question: ”Isn't the law supposed to provide fairness?” Prosecutor’s response: “It is supposed to provide justice. Yes, it's unfair. But It's not illegal. And it's not immoral. It just doesn't fit your perception of fairness.” WAIT A MINUTE!
The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: “See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God. (Micah 6:8 CEV)
Justice: “The quality of being just; fairness: In the interest of justice, we should treat everyone the same.” (Free Dictionary)
Mercy: “compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one's power;” (Miriam Webster)
More “I Wonder” questions: “Over time, has the secular become juxtaposed with the sacred? Corporately, has the mercy been taken out of justice? Has evil become subtly legitimized? Has All-hallows’-Eve become Halloween?
Let mercy be your first concern…