Yesterday, I was at the Arizona State Republican Convention. The purpose was to choose delegates for either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.
[ The outcome was an apparent rigging of a vote, whereby we delegates were told that we had to vote on a computer. We did--and while about 80% of the State Delegates there were for Trump, Cruz was awarded all the Delegates]
While waiting to vote, another Delegate asked who I was voting for. I told him--Trump.
He said, "Well, Ted Cruz is a good man. He is a good Christian".
I replied, "There is a conflict" . He asked "what is that?" My answer was, " He says he is a good Christian--but he is an attorney. I never knew an attorney that could be a good Christian".
I started thinking about that on the way home.
The arrest of Jesus is a pivotal event recorded in the canonical gospels. The event ultimately leads, in the Gospel accounts, to Jesus' crucifixion. Jesus was arrested by the Temple guards of the Sanhedrin in the Garden of Gethsemane, shortly after the Last Supper (during which Jesus gave his final sermon), and immediately after the kiss of Judas, which is traditionally said to have been an act of betrayal.
The arrest led immediately to his trial before the Sanhedrin, during which they condemned him to death. In Christian theology, the events from the Last Supper until the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are referred to as the Passion.
In the New Testament, all four Gospels conclude with an extended narrative of Jesus' arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection. In each Gospel, these five events in the life of Jesus are treated with more intense detail than any other portion of that Gospel's narrative. Scholars note that the reader receives an almost hour-by-hour account of what is happening.
The Sanhedrin ( synedrion, "sitting together," hence "assembly" or "council") was an assembly of twenty-three to seventy-one men appointed in every city in the Land of Israel.
In the Hebrew Bible, Mosesand the Israelites were commanded by God to establish courts of judges who were given full authority over the people of Israel, who were commanded by God to obey every word the judges instructed and every law they established. Judges in ancient Israel were the religious leaders and Teachers of the nation of Israel. The Mishnah arrives at the number twenty-three based on an exegetical derivation: it must be possible for a "community" to vote for both conviction and exoneration. The minimum size of a "community" is 10 men (10 vs 10). One more is required to achieve a majority (11 vs 10), but a simple majority cannot convict, and so an additional judge is required (12 vs 10). Finally, a court should not have an even number of judges to prevent deadlocks; thus 23 (12 vs 10 and 1). This court dealt with only religious matters.
To become a Judge, you have to learn the law-- a lawyer.
As every police officer in the United States knows, judges are attorneys in robes.
It was attorneys that that put Jesus on the Cross--defeating the popularity of Jesus and his message.
It is an attorney that is trying to defeat Donald Trump and his renewed message of values that built these United States