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Leaders Send Spies to Secretly Listen to, Record, and Entrap You

[…] The teachers of the law and the chief priests looked for a way to arrest [Jesus] immediately, because they knew he had spoken this parable against them. […]

Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest.They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor.

Attributed to: 
Luke (NIV)
Commentary: 

Jesus said to his followers, “if they did it to me, they will do it to you.” [John 15:20] And “they hated me first.” [John 15:18]

Jesus, the “glutton and drunkard,” was obviously the target of character assassination. You are (or will be) too.

Those who appointed themselves and each other to reign over you were glad at the prospect of new technologies to spy on you, invade your privacy, analyze your bodily fluids, violate the U.S. Constitution, the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, and desecrate the Bible. Drug Warriors and Prohibitionists are sick people who need our prayer.

The recent avalanche of news regarding the illegal spying by the U.S. government on its citizens (and no doubt citizens and leaders of other countries) shows us a modern incarnation of what Jesus went through.

Those who do the most intimate spying on you will probably not be the ones who are there when their choice pieces of embarrassment or violence suddenly happen to you. Was Al Capone around during the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre? The bosses have underlings who create plausible deniability in case their plans or actions are exposed to public view.

Why do all this spying? Because, like the important people of Jesus’ day whom he took to task, they had no legitimate foundation for their behaviors and logic; they used fear, debt, and religion to manipulate and control others. They lusted after power and money over others. Jesus exposed their hypocrisy with simple questions, simple sayings, and simple stories. They hated him for it.

Why do all this spying? Another reason is because that’s the natural outcome of their beliefs, their values.

Jesus said to go to the light (vs. darkness), seek God’s Kingdom, search for righteousness, worship in spirit and truth, love, stand up for the oppressed and scorned; four constant themes in the Bible and Jesus’s life are: setting captives free, healing the sick, feeding the hungry (souls), and shining the healing light of truth as gracefully as possible. Drug Prohibition does none of that; spying on people, waiting to pounce on people to arrest them, hiding useful knowledge, unapologetically terrorizing people at a mistaken address and unapologetically terrorizing millions more, etc…