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March 3, 2014 issue

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Jesus, priest and king

March 16 — Psalm 110:1-4, Acts 2:22-24, 29-32; March 23 — Revelation 5:6-13

By Patrick Nafziger

I remember the first time I experienced the dark underbelly of the democratic process.

I was sitting near the back of a junior high classroom with several of my friends, and at some point my friends started flicking spitballs across the room.

The teacher put an end to it within minutes, but he had a very limited picture of what had happened. He didn’t know who exactly was responsible, he just knew the culprits were sitting in our corner of the room.

I could have told him exactly who was involved, and I could have truthfully said I wasn’t part of it.

But I didn’t, because I didn’t want to come across as a teacher’s pet or a goody two shoes.

That’s when he turned to the democratic process to establish the truth of the situation.

He told us that one person had to stay after class and pick up every piece of paper that had been thrown, and he left it up to us to decide who it would be.

I think he assumed we would assign the punishment to the most guilty party.

However, my so-called friends chose me. I had to stay after class to pick up their mess, while they walked away with impunity. I was framed.

The democratic process has definite strengths. Establishing truth is not one of them.

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