Thursday, December 24, 2009

This week's lesson: Numbers 35-36
  • Talk Radio -- 1405 B.C.
  • Okay, I'm taking calls about this new government program called "cities of refuge." Coddling criminals, or unfunded mandate -- you tell me.
    Yeah, I'm wondering what this is going to do to the whole idea of "closure?" I mean, somebody dies, the go'el tracks down the killer, and that's the end of it. But with this new system, the family needs to wait until there's been a trial . . .
    Good point -- what about the rights of the victim's family? Next caller, you're on the air:
    I live in one of those so-called "cities of refuge," and the thought of all this "riff-raff" hanging around for who knows how long does not make me a happy-camper.
    Not going to be good for your property values, I can tell you that. Next caller:
    Yes, you're on the air.
    I think you need to put this in some kind of perspective. Just because somebody's dead doesn't mean that somebody else needs to die. What if it was an accident?
    Oh, yeah -- right . . . like no killer ever says "it was an accident." 
     Yes, but sometimes it is an accident.
    The real question here is who you trust to make these kind of decisions: the people who were there, or a bunch of strangers on some government "death panel" who don't know any of these people. Next caller:
    I think we need to look at the real agenda here. We're talking about a government program that's a direct attack on traditional family values.
    You're talking about an attack on the role of the go'el.
    Exactly -- and once you start putting limits on who he can kill, that's just the beginning.
    We're looking at the government getting involved in something that has always been a private family matter.
    I'm saying we're just opening the door to government control of the family.
    Faceless bureaucrats deciding who lives -- and who dies. Hello, you're on the air:
    You know what really gripes me about these "death panels" is the guy behind it.
    You're talking about Moses.
     Yeah, and you know what he did when he was younger.
    You're talking about the reason he left Egypt in the first place.
     Right -- and didn't he always say that was an accident?
    Good point, good point -- though I don't think we ever saw the death certificate on that one.  Okay, we'll be right back after this break. Coming up next: The Year of Jubilee -- socialist plot, or just another unrealistic government intrusion into the rights of property owners?

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