Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 10 (Just Laws and Wise Lawyers)

As a newly licensed lawyer, this chapter and the tale of Ammoniah is a stark warning of the danger of legalism. 

At times, especially among lawyers but also more generally, there is a reverence and almost a worship of law and precedent. Opinions of judges are placed on a pedistol and exalted as true, regardless of whether they were in accord with right or true principles 
In time, the law becomes the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong rather than divine principles of truth and righteouessness. Notice how the people of Ammoniah criticize Amulek not for what he said, but for the fact that he “doth revile against our laws which are just, and our wise lawyers whom we have selected.”

The process of labelling right wrong and wrong right almost always begins with those who practice the art of law. It is the job of a lawyer as an advocate to do at times. No wonder Amulek declares “[a]nd now behold, I say unto you, that the foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.”

As a member of this profession, I feel an increasing responsibility to stand strong for principles of righteouessness truth rather than legalism.


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