These are the things you shall do:
Speak each man the truth to his neighbor;
Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor;
And do not love a false oath.
For all these are things that I hate,’
Says the Lord.” ~Ezekiel 8:16-17
I believe it to be a very fair question, even though, there is NO likelihood, nor any probability, of such a thing happening. From an imaginative and horror aspect it is intriguing to expand your imagination to let it run wild, at times, as to not lose that childlike quality. IF you are a Walking Dead fan, then the question posited to all is: How will you act? And if the leader of a group of survivors, how will you lead and rule?
Will you be a cruel relentless leader such as the Governor or Negan? Or will you be a live at peace with all, if possible, as King Ezekiel? Or more of the middle of the road as in the likes of Rick Grimes? Only you can truly decide this matter for yourself! But, in my opinion, this is an excellent exercise in our moral philosophies on life. Will we be willing to truly test ourselves? Or, and I am not a fan of the series, but are you “morally flexible” as in the character Saul in “Better Call Saul”? Think about it…
We each have what we perceive of ourselves as our morally superior self, we all have ourselves depicted as the warrior that is possessed within each of us as well; but are we able to make such “judgments” with respect to our own clan, group or society as it’s leader? “Judgments” which are for “truth, justice, and peace” of the group as a whole ? Of course, we each say yes to this question without any forethought to the actual implication of the question, at large…
could you sentence someone to their death? Could you excommunicate someone from your society or clan for the remainder of their natural lives? Could you make such decisions with such harsh ramifications, both for the people of your clan, society, or community as a whole, for the person of whom is the target of the decision, and for the moral mind set of even yourself? Could you?? I have found, even with my own children and grandchildren, while the decision may be necessary…it can be heart wrenching. And consider the life of another which is held in the balance based upon YOUR decision…could you take or order the taking of another’s life because of what they have done? It is one thing to make judgment on someone who has taken the life of another, or had defiled the life of another (rape & molestation) but what of theft in the zombie apocalypse…could you sentence another to die? Would you excommunicate them, only giving them the chance to join another group and yielding them an opportunity to render a revenging attack on you for the “wrong” you committed against him?
Would YOU be committed to a moral society, community, or clan? And what would, or could, you do to ensure such a “utopia” or paradise of sorts?
And to just make matters worse, if that is possible, by seeking to create your utopian society – which everyone seems to like accomplishing without any knowledge of how to do so – we tend to fail miserably at the actual journey of creating said paradise for mankind, in general.
Without a doubt, we will fight every up-hill battle, regardless of it’s actual value for the society at large, or for our own growth & knowledge. Most of the battles we take on, good or bad, have no value for us, nor any value for our clan or people! This is why it is important to prioritize your needs and resources. Even Jesus spoke of the necessity for determining if you had the resources to go to war or not. (reference: Luke 14:31-33 NIV)
“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
While determining the benefits and welfare of those whom you both serve and care for, you must, at certain points in time, be willing to compromise. Because some of those times when our leaders in the heat of argument and anger, or frustration, tend to get their people into wars that the people had nothing to do with…BUT are forced to send their children into battle for their country’s honor. Remember prior to the time when Saul was made king of Israel? The warning that Samuel gave the Israelites after they desired to have a king:
“This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. ~ 1Samuel 8:10-18 NIV
Our children, and we, will always tend to be food & fodder for wars at the behest of those in charge of the countries at hand…whichever one we happen to be a citizen of at the time!
But how can you as a leader, as a people, as a society or community or as a clan actually remain as a moral body? You MUST teach, learn, and act from the word of God as an emissary or as an ambassador of Christ and God the Father. It is only through the bible itself that we can learn this and understand this through much prayer! We are but children of God, and brothers to Christ, and vessels for the Holy spirit to accomplish it’s works through, but if we bide our time, learn the word, and apply it diligently in our lives…faith will grow. It was noted that Father Zossima stated, “Love your neighbor, really love him…” and it will really open in your heart the faith that you truly seek. (The original quote escapes me but this was a mish-mash synopsis of it.)
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…Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace…
Within your clan, society, or community YOU must lead & YOU must judge rightly!
May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD