His mouth opens and out comes tumbling the signals to the vile and violent. It is a bad enough idea to propose that one man should die – executed by the state- in order to save the nation from destruction, but it is not helpful to give the impression that any such utterance is the result of orthodox doctrine. If by virtue of his office one does utter things that are utterly reliable we should not lose sight of the record of massive loss of life at the hands of both domestic and foreign actors. Since we have seen the value of a single life listed as both animal cheap and God expensive it makes little sense for a leader to have any qualms about quashing the voice of protest which typically amounts to a few dozens or not more than a couple hundred.
Protest is what protestants do. Should not the followers of Moses and George Washington expect to find revolutionary trails in the leader’s guidance?
Speaking evil of anyone is devilish except where the evil is accurate but you will not find me standing up, saluting, nodding my head, when the high priest or the head of state is a charlatan megalomaniac, such as potus45 and any of his featherweight children
Provoke us not name you
Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?”
The high priest Ananias commanded those standing beside him to strike [Paul] on the mouth. Acts 23:2. God will strike the leader who plays strongman by urging violence on Black people, peaceful protesters and homeless Palestinians, and makes deals with xenophobic and misogynist Islamic states. That is not leadership: it is scavenging in support of insurance for sycophants.