Man set to sue first responders who rescued him from his submerged car – that is a real headline from today’s news. Not a joke or a parody of this scene from The Incredibles:
Watching the interview of the man with his lawyer made me want to punch somebody in the neck – mainly the lawyer. Some of his facial expressions are so… so… so… smug and condescending. Now, now, don’t blame me for taking full advantage of any opportunity I find to exploit the system – that’s what his face screams. Neck punch. We are living at an amazing time. We live in a land of laws with no connection to their source. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when laws and rights are elevated to the status of absolutes, we should find ourselves barraged by legal actions that defy belief. A NJ teenager suing her parents for the cost of college tuition after she left home or was thrown out – an executive branch of government that selectively enforces laws or rewrites laws completely outside of its legal authority – these things are to be expected. Law doesn’t work if it is not a given thing. That sounds strange, but it is true. If grace = a gift, then law cannot work without grace. It also sounds strange but the reason we are becoming more and more lawless is that law has become more important, not less important to us. These yahoos running around suing people who saved their lives value law over grace. They fail to see anything as a gift. Everything has a price tag and the people who are going to thrive and survive are going to be the ones who figure out how to charge a price for anything they can. If law is disconnected from grace – in other words if law is not given to us from some place or some where or some one other than us, then it is completely negotiable every day, every way, every circumstance. You could say that this guy who got rescued is ungrateful. Right. Exactly. He is an ingrate. He apparently believes it was his right to be rescued and rescued on time. No such thing as gratitude. No such thing as grace.
Since we are raising kids to believe there is no God and increasingly our politicians act as if God is the most unwelcome entity in our legal, social, or political processes, then the law is what we have and it is nothing. The law is useless. If we make it up for ourselves, the law is a power play. Whoever has the most power now gets to make or break the laws at will. Why shouldn’t they? Law is constructed by people if God didn’t make it and if that is the case why should the last set of people to make up laws keep telling us what to do? Dump it. Rewrite it. Ignore it. Sue your rescuers. The Bible says the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. The opposite is true too: the ignorance of God is the beginning of stupidity. We are in a slide down into idiocy. But as hard as it is to take, we don’t have to take it and we don’t have to go nuts looking for solutions that are so hard to reach or enact. Just believe. Start believing. Look at the evidence this world presents for a moral framework we all believe in although we struggle to know why. Big turns come in little increments. If this story ticks you off, maybe it could be the thing that gets you thinking about what kind of world you’re living in and what you can do to change it.