Justice Lifts the Nations

110 years ago a Swiss artist named Paul Robert (1851-1923) was concerned with a growing humanist trend he was witnessing in legal decisions in his country. Having accepted a commission to paint murals for the then Swiss Supreme Court Building at Lausanne, he determined to remind everyone from whence our laws actually came. To do so he painted a grand mural on the wall of the staircase which is titled, “Justice Lifts the Nations”. It was this mural that the justices had to pass by each time they moved between the courtroom and their chambers. (keep reading below)
"Justice Lifts the Nations," Mural for the Swiss Supreme Court Building at Lausanne Switzerland
Mr Robert’s painting is quite different from depictions of Justice normally seen in America, England, and elsewhere. In his work Lady Justice is not blind. Instead she has her eyes open and she casts her gaze upon a group of standing judges who are looking to her for guidance. In her hands she holds the traditional balance scale representing fairness in judgment, but her sword, instead of pointing upward, points down to a book on the table before them all. That book is the Bible, the law of God, and she is reminding the justices that the foundation and basis for all law lies in the Word of God. To demonstrate the universal application of this lesson, in the foreground of his work Robert painted persons representing different kinds of cases standing before the court.
May God, in His mercy, grant us to return to Him that this nation and its people may be well and truly blessed to know Him and Jesus Christ whom He has sent.
(via my cousin Craig)

Intoxicated by Knowledge; Enemy of Freedom

Friedrich HayekEver since the beginning of modern science, the best minds have recognized that “the range of acknowledged ignorance will grow with the advance of science.” “In science the more we know, the more extensive the contact with nescience [lack of knowledge or awareness].”

Unfortunately, the popular effect of this scientific advance has been a belief, seemingly shared by many scientists, that the range of our ignorance is steadily diminishing and that we can therefore aim at more comprehensive and deliberate control of all human activities. It is for this reason that those intoxicated by the advance of knowledge so often become the enemies of freedom …

The more men know, the smaller the share of all that knowledge becomes that any one mind can absorb. The more civilized we become, the more relatively ignorant must each individual be of the facts on which the working of his civilization depends.

Friedrich August von Hayek
(1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974

Proverbs Challenge, Day 8

KeysIn the course of the Proverbs Challenge, we’re learning that wisdom is the understanding of how God created the universe to function. Today we learn that His design includes a plan for civil government.

For statesmen, that’s good news.

By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice.
(Proverbs 8:15)

For those politicians that serve illegitimate masters, not so good:

For my mouth will speak truth;
Wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverse mouth I hate.
(Proverbs 8:7, 13)

Sometimes it seems like most of our politicians fall under the second category, and it can make us feel helpless to change it. But, you have to figure that God’s best plan includes godly leaders, and that His wisdom includes not only a way to establish but restore godly leadership.

Many people think that the US constitution is the most inspired document written by man. I certainly agree with that. So, let’s look at this verse…

By me kings reign,
And rulers decree justice. 
(Proverbs 8:15)

…from the perspective of that document, which states that We The People are sovereign in America. By law, the politicians serve us. So, God gives us wisdom for righteous government.

And, if We The People pray for wisdom to restore our country to lawful government, God will help us:

For whoever finds me finds life,
And obtains favor from the LORD
(Proverbs 8:35)

School isn't real life. School is about learning how to succeed in real life.

Iditarod Red LanternSeth Godin has an excellent post today on the overemphasis of talent vs. perseverance. Are we teaching kids to give up or settle for less because they’re not the best?

The coach of the soccer team doesn’t reward the players who try the hardest, push themselves or put in the hours. He rewards the best players, by playing them…. After all, the reasoning goes, we need to have tryouts and reward the best performers, just like they do in real life.

But school isn’t real life. School is about learning how to succeed in real life.

He uses an excellent illustration from Alaska’s Iditarod dog-sled race to point out that it’s not about awarding people just for showing up, but that the ones who don’t give up deserve recognition and encouragement, too.

Look back on your classmates from high school. How many “average” or “untalented” students have gone on to be successful? Quite a few, I’ll bet. They learned not to give up, but were they taught not to give up?

Read the article – The Red Lantern – and let’s talk about this:

How can we teach our kids the value of perseverance?

Dirty Jobs' Mike Rowe Schools an Elitist Reporter on "Bad Jobs"

Mike RoweJust because a job is difficult doesn’t mean it’s a bad job. Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe uses good-natured humor to explain the difference to an elitist reporter. If you want an easy-to-understand explanation of the traditional work ethic that made America great, you’ll have a hard time beating this story for a resource. Share it with everyone.

Here’s the Facebook story: