John who? John as in the gospel of John – Chapter 12 verses 42,43 specifically.
John 12:42 Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
What does this have to do with the impeachment and upcoming trial of former President Trump? Think about it.
Right now, several Republicans have declared this trial to be “dead in the water” and yet it continues. I remember the smirk sported by Bill Clinton during his trial. If finally dawned on me: he was smirking because he knew the fix was in. This should have been no surprise because the opposition party did not have enough of their people in the Senate to convict – just as things are today. However the Democrats are nothing if not devoted to their party. Most will not budge from the party line. The Republicans? Not so much.
because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
For a politician, their synagogue, or one of them, is the Senate.
There are other parallels between today’s events and the crucifixion of Christ. This trial is as illegal as it gets. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court refuses to preside as constitutionally required. Donald J. Trump is now a private citizen, not a sitting official. The so-called “facts” of this case as revealed to us totally refute the supposition for the case. Furthermore, how can there be any additional “facts” not on record for a charge of publicly inciting a riot? The very idea is an oxymoron.
Do not get me wrong, I am in no way equating Donald J. Trump with our Lord and Savior. However, when you consider the events, then and now, one cannot help to see some similarities in principle.
These days I see a lot of similarities between events recorded in scripture and those unfolding before our eyes. Circumstances may change but the heart of man remains the same. We never seem to learn.
As for the consequences, I believe convicting Trump will be a dire mistake. It will mark the complete and total devastation of our constitution by publicly and unlawfully using our founding document to totally annihilate a private citizen. What is left?
Consider Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s words:
SCHUMER: "All parties have agreed to a structure that will ensure a fair and honest Senate Impeachment Trial of the former president."
"If convicted, we will proceed to a vote on whether he is qualified to enjoy any office of honor, trust or profit…."
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) February 8, 2021
The final word here… “profit” makes me wonder. What does he mean… “profit”? In public service, profit is unacceptable. While we all know the reality works differently, a “public servant” is not allowed to profit. So could he mean “profit” as a private citizen? Again, there is no precedent or rule of law or constitution to carry out such a threat.
Either way… what do we have left as citizens of a constitutional republic?