Several years ago when I was working in a Christian school, we had a policy that said that students were not allowed to listen to certain types of music–EVEN AT HOME.  Apart from the issue of interfering with parental rights, this policy had another drawback.  As my wise principal told me:  “They know we are not going to come into their rooms and check what’s on their stereo; and when we make a rule that we have no intention of enforcing, we are encouraging the students to rebel and disobey.”  I have always accepted that reasoning, and tried my best to follow through by applying the credo, “Don’t make a promise you can’t keep, or a threat you won’t carry out.”

Well, Congress has made some laws that have penalties that COULD be carried out, but the executive branch, responsible for enforcement, has decided not to enforce them.  It started with federal laws against marijuana; it continued with the Defense of Marriage Act; and most recently has been applied to immigration laws.  The law of the land, passed by the representatives of the people by majorities in both houses of Congress and signed into law by a former president, will officially be ignored by the current administration.  Those in charge DO NOT care about representative democracy, the will of the people, or the dangers of encouraging people to break the law by eliminating the penalties.

I could respect a statesman who worked in Congress to repeal what he considered unjust laws.  I find it despicable for a politician to pretend that the laws don’t exist or don’t matter.  Which laws won’t exist next?  What is the opposite of integrity?

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.
(Mat 5:37)