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Supreme Court Justices, MMM 8-9-2010


Monday Morning Message, August 9, 2010

Court rulings this week on marriage, immigration, and corporate governance provided more than a few sobering thoughts for all of us.  Government balance of power structures were set up years ago to protect all people from harm and provide protection from forces that would harm individual citizens.  This assumes that judges and our courts would be impartial, non-political, and independent from special interest groups.  That means that all judges should represent all people equally.

Given this concept, why do we hear so much about gender, and national origin when appointing new judges?  There seems to be a special need to have a representative on the Supreme Court from varied backgrounds and varied cultural heritage.  Why then do you think the Court lacks a Protestant member let alone an Evangelical member?  If Barna’s research is right, Protestants make up more than half of our country but have NO member on the Supreme Court!  We do obviously have some outstanding Catholic Christian members on the Court and thank God for their presence!

It would be easy to speculate that someone who at any time expresses a view that honors life, would forever be denied a spot on the court.  Can you believe that is a prime litmus test in deciding who will sit in judgment of our most crucial laws?  You might say that is only because the current balance of power is liberal and that would be true to an extent.  But the vocal minority will pull every trick in the book if a truly conservative candidate is proposed even if conservatives return to power. It may result in the need for a Constitutional Amendment which takes many years.

Of course each President is going to try to stack the court with nominees reflective of their positions.  With the likelihood that a vote looms soon on the definition of marriage, I would like to see more than just Anthony Kennedy deciding this issue for the entire country.  With an institution like our highest court split four liberal; four conservative; and one moderate, how will we ever avoid being a polarized nation?  Elections to help appoint our judges have never been more important in the history of our nation.  Do you really care?  Frankly, I just wish one or two of those justices would share some of my thoughts, culture, and identity!  What about you?

Exodus 19:5-6 (NIV) “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation…”

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