We all know the verse, “For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.” Some may argue from that verse that we will all be judged the same. But there is another theme throughout Scripture which is that the leaders will endure greater reward of punishment depending on what they instruct and do.
In this essay, I will present two reasons why celebrities (or leaders) should face stricter penalties: The Bible condones and supports this opinion, and they are supposed to be leaders for us – a good example.
The first reason for why celebrities/leaders who break the law should face stricter penalties is because the Bible supports this ideology. Consider:
“Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”~Mathew 5:19 (KJV)
“Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”~James 3:1
We can see from this verse (and those similar to it) that leaders bear the consequences not only from what they do, but also from what they instruct. It therefore begs the question, “Should celebrities (and/or leaders) who break the law face stricter penalties?”
There is a lack of clarification in the assignment essay topic concerning the word “law.” I am guessing that it is speaking of the laws of man (laws which God did not institute, command, or request), but the question can really be looked at multiple ways.
You see, the basis for all good and reasonable “man-made” laws are rooted in the Law of God. So really, they are not “made-made” laws, but rather, God’s Laws. Anyone who breaks the Law of God (and does not repent) should and will be punished. As I showed you in Mathew 5 and James 3, according to God’s system of Justice, those leaders who break the Law will endure stricter punishment. Thus, if a leader breaks the Law of God, then he should be strictly judged for he sets a precedent for the people – an example.
However, if the law was a creation of man, then the judgment would be different. I would argue that, if it were not for the fact that they themselves force others to comply and follow their own man-made laws, celebrities/leaders should be judged no more strictly, neither should they be judged less.
The second reason for why celebrities/leaders that break the law should be punished strictly is that they are supposed to be an example for us. Consider what Sundial has to say concerning this subject:
“…Nicole Richie was released from prison due to overcrowding, 82 minutes into her 4-day sentence. She never even saw the inside of a jail cell. Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to only one day in jail after driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine. Better yet, Lohan didn’t even serve her own sentence.”
These such instances can cause more impressionable and weak-minded individuals to think, “If these celebrities did such-and-such a crime, got off so easy, and then went back to living life as if nothing had happened, then why can’t I do the same?” This is not right. This is hypocritical. This is the opposite of what justice demands.
It is imperative that they get the same treatment, punishment and privilege, that we would get. It shows reality, what should really happen.
In conclusion, celebrities/leaders should be punished more strictly when they commit a crime that breaks God’s Law because people look up to them (to some, they are role models) and the Bible supports such a decision. However, when celebrities/leaders commit a crime that breaks their own laws (exposing their hypocrisy), they should be punished equally to whatever punishment would be enforced upon the general public.