Should celebrities who break the law face stricter penalties?

Lesson 138

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)

Also,

“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.

25 thoughts on “Should celebrities who break the law face stricter penalties?”

      1. Communism is beautiful. A fair society where everyone is content. Communism is an ideal. Only downside to it is that it is impossible.

        Well, the thing that is hindering us from communism is capitalism and the rich and smart folks above (celebs, for example). We need to pull them down and put the common folk up (you and me, for example). One way to push them down is to give them a higher burden in the justice system than we have.

        Justice is blind means justice will only rule by what is right and wrong. It will turn a blind eye to race, age, culture, economic status, and etc.

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    1. Yes, these essays are assignments from the RPC Grade 8 English course.
      You’re referring to the Historical Fiction Novel assignment, right? I already wrote the “book,” I just haven’t posted it for two reasons:
      1. It’s not proofread.
      2. It’s “finished,” but lame. I want to redo it.

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      1. Wow dude, you mean to say that you already wrote your book? I’m only on chapter 3. I can’t wait to read it when it’s out! How many chapters is it? Oh by the way I’m just starting to add 4 more cords to my little list of cords I can play. I’m having to rework the fingering of my G cord because I started out playing it with a different fingering so my fingers could play it easier, but when I learned the G7 cord, I found it was a lot harder to transition between the G and G7 cords. So I’m going back to the right fingering for that cord. Also now that I’ve being learning more cords, my fingers are getting more accustomed to doing al that weird bending and stuff. So I find I can do the traditional fingering for G much easier.
        Sorry for the essay.

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      2. Yes, I already wrote the book…sort of. As I said, I want to re-write it if I am going to post it. (The drawbacks of being a perfectionist! 🤷‍♂️)
        The book (currently) is 15 chapters and (I believe) just over 45 pages; so yeah, pretty short. I liked your story so far, btw.
        That’s too bad you have to change your fingering…that always sucks. But it’s a really good skill to be pliable with your fingering. 👍
        That’s great that you have learned more chords! Keep it up!

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      3. 45 pages? That’s really good. One thing good I can say about the RPC, is that it has made writing less scary. 3 years ago, I would have gone and hid out in a cave if someone had told me I was going to write a book!🤣 I actually find writing my book fun. I like letting my imagination run wild. Oh, thanks! I sure will! I really look forward to playing my guitar 30 min. a day! I’m hoping to make a video of Jonathan and I playing our Amazing Grace when we get good at it. Maybe I’ll put my Stetson on and sit on a fence somewhere playing Amazing Grace, and make a video something like that! Ha!
        Ha! How does that sound?

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      4. Oh shoot! You just took my metal. I’ll have to start making you pay me for every day you still haven’t put that video out!!!!! Your probably pulling you hair out with me always prodding you, but I always love seeing other people playing music. It encourages me. So get that thing out or else I’ll go digging in you pockets!!!! My price is 10 grand a day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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