To set up the issue, read the following words slowly:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Now, with that in mind, please promptly obey any police officer who tells you to open your mouth wide so he can swab your cheek to keep a permanent record of your DNA in a state database.

In a five-to-four decision Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the state has the authority, when you are arrested, to take and keep a record of your DNA. Right now, if they arrested you and suspected you of murder, they would still have to get a warrant from a judge to search your home. But your body is up for grabs. “The right of the people to be secure in their persons” is pretty much a museum piece at this point.

I understand that rapists have been caught and convicted by these general sweeps. But the fact remains that the state is supposed to submit to rules about who they convict and punish. In the Bible, if you had one trustworthy witness who testified about a murder you were not permitted to convict the person. There had to be two witnesses for a capital crime (Numbers 35.30; Deuteronomy 17.6). It didn’t matter if you, as a judge or civil magistrate, were certain the man was guilty on the basis of one witness. You had to leave him alone. In a free society, sometimes criminals will get away with crime. A free society demands faith in God to meet our justice, rather than the creation of an omnipotent, omniscient god-state.