The Supreme Judge or the Supreme Court

The passing away of the well-known Supreme Court conservative Justice Antonin Scalia has unfortunately fueled the already ugly political divide in Washington DC. It is sad to note that scoring political points has taken precedence over a nation morning the passing away of its Supreme Court Justice. Scoring political points in America is so important the nation now acts as if Justice Scalia did not have a family now in tears, pain, and heart ache. Rather than mourn with those who mourn the nation is seeking political victory. It is no doubt each political party wants to grape the chance to shape the future of American Law, American culture, and American life, a future already in the hands humanists. There is no doubt that if the Democrats have their way now is the opportune moment to turn the highest court of the land liberal, and Vis versa if a Republican gets elected to the White House. That is why the Republicans who control the Senate and the House see an opportunity if their party gains back the While House to maintain the shaky conservativism of the Supreme Court. (Shaky because while the late conservative Scalia was on the bench the Supreme Court in so many issues voted liberal. In case we have forgotten, the Cultural Revolution and the moral revolution has taken place while the conservatives had the majority in the Supreme Court, or while Justice Scalia was on the bench. Which makes me wonder what deference it will really make even if another conservative were to replace Scalia?

What amazes me in the back and forth between Democrats and Republicans and the rest of the nation, especially liberal and conservative Christians is the certainty with which we talk about these things. This is what I mean, the now late Justice Scalia did not see his departure from the Court and from this life coming, so why do we think and talk as if we know the whole truth? Why do we think and talk as if the appointment of a liberal means failure and the appointment of a conservative means success? The question that must be answered then is failure or success from whose point of view? The bigger question is whose point of view really matters at the end of the day – republican or democrat, liberal or conservative, or God’s? Just because someone says they are conservative does not make them Christian and just because someone says they are liberal does not mean they are not Christian. A Christian is one who trust and depends on the sovereignty of God; thus acts in a manner that knows God reserves the right to destroy or preserve a nation.

This is where the Supreme Sovereign Being – God, comes in. It was the half-brother of Jesus, James, who in chapter four beginning verse thirteen chastised the Jewish believers in diaspora for thinking, talking, and planning as if they were in charge of tomorrow. In their strategizing and planning (and there is nothing wrong with strategizing and planning) they left out the one who holds created and runs the world then and now. That is why James instructed them and us, “Instead you ought to say, if the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” Listen, if God wills, a liberal will replace Justice Scalia. If God wills a conservative will replace Justice Scalia. Here is even what is scary, what if God allows a so-call conservative to be selected and confirmed and while on the bench he or she becomes liberal – they change their mind on hot political and social issues, then what? If we remember very well the president who now has evolved to support the LGBT agenda did not when he was first elected president. That is why we must not look to the election of a conservative to the Supreme Court as if that is our hope of turning the tide on the cultural and moral revolution the church has already lost. There is only one person we can look to who has the power to do anything and even if he does not reverse the course our nation is heading, he is still God and can be trusted 100%.

The three Hebrew boys in exile knew this God and trusted him regardless. Their account that highlights the sovereignty of God is recorded for us in Daniel chapter three. In a moment of decision to live or die they decided to trust God regardless of the outcome. Before the Supreme Nebuchadnezzar these Hebrew boys say what every true child of God should say at all times: “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Their faith was in God and not in Babylonians political system.

It is no doubt who these Hebrew Boys trusted – God and not the Supreme ruler Nebuchadnezzar with all his power and influence. Paul Nyquist puts it this way in his book PREPARE, “But they also understand God’s sovereignty. While they knew God is able to deliver them, they also know he may not. He’s sovereign. He isn’t obligated to rescue them. He never promised to save any believer who faces death for obedience of his word.”[1] He never promised once a “Christian Nation” always a “Christian Nation.” Then he would be a liar given that Turkey once a Christian nation is not today. He only promised those who trust him will never perish.

If God so desires he may put in the US Supreme Court a conservative, but to think that a liberal means God is no longer in charge is an insult to the sovereignty of God. He is the God who raises up nations and brings them down. If his will is for the downfall of this nation, we can make all the conservative noise we want, the only thing that will matter at the end of the day is what God wills for America. That is why our trust as God’s children should always be in the Supreme God and not in the Supreme Court.

[1]Paul J. Nyquist, Prepare: Living Your Faith in an Increasingly Hostile Culture, Chicago: IL, Moody Press, 2015.