In my previous post about coercion, in which I did not have very much good to say about it, I mentioned that oppression and injustice is able to work because of its respectability. Lewis made a very similar point in the preface to Screwtape.
“I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.”
For many people, legal is interchangeable with moral, and they cannot conceive of injustice that came about with due regard for due process. But the election that takes away the rights of the 49 percent might have been a fair election, with no cheating. Hitler didn’t come to power in a coup, etc.
The Christian always has a court of appeal, no matter how many people voted for whatever outrage it was. One man with an open Bible can stand before lawless thrones and renegade majorities. This is because the definition of right is not up to us. We don’t control it. We aren’t in charge of it. The only thing we are supposed to do is honor it.
“He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8).
There’s more, but I really should go . . .