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Duterte: Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side--leaders whose decrees permit injustice?

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― Archibald MacLeish

Friday, December 9, 2016

Duterte: Can unjust leaders claim that God is on their side--leaders whose decrees permit injustice?


Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man. Psalm 140-1
The Ten Commandments
Exodus 20:1-17
20 And God spoke all these words:

 “I am the Lord your God

“You shall have no other gods before me.

 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 

 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

 “You shall not steal.

 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

 “ You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
"Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree?  And condemn the innocent to death." 
Psalm 94:20-23
Thou Shalt Not Kill!
Psalm 58
A Cry against Injustice
Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?[b]
Do you judge people fairly?
2 No, you practice injustice in your hearts;
with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
3 The wicked go astray from the womb;
liars err from birth.
4 They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,
5 that does not listen to the sound of the charmers
who skillfully weave spells.
6 God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.
7 They will vanish like water that flows by;
they will aim their useless arrows.[c][d]
8 Like a slug that moves along in slime,
like a woman’s miscarried child,
they will not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
whether green or burning—
He will sweep them away.[e]
10 The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then people will say,
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!”

Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?
Do you judge people fairly?
No, you practice injustice in your hearts;
with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
Psalm 64-6
They plot injustice and say, "We have devised a perfect plan!" Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
PSALM 58
The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then people will say,
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!”
PSALM 25
In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.
2 I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me.
3 No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love,
    for they are from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;
according to your love remember me,
    for you, Lord, are good.
8 Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
9 He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.
10 All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful
    toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.
11 For the sake of your name, Lord,
    forgive my iniquity, though it is great.
12 Who, then, are those who fear the Lord?
    He will instruct them in the ways they should choose.[b]
13 They will spend their days in prosperity,
    and their descendants will inherit the land.
14 The Lord confides in those who fear him;
    he makes his covenant known to them.
15 My eyes are ever on the Lord,
    for only he will release my feet from the snare.
16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
17 Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
18 Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
19 See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me!
20 Guard my life and rescue me;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    for I take refuge in you.
21 May integrity and uprightness protect me,
    because my hope, Lord,[c] is in you.
22 Deliver Israel, O God,
    from all their troubles!