Last night, I listened to the new President of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission speak at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s event called Casual Conversations. His position is basically one that gives a public address for stances that Southern Baptists take concerning moral and religious issues. There are many issues and topics on the table now that include same-sex marriage, gender identity, and contraception laws, human trafficking, cloning, and the affordable care act among others.
We need more Christian leaders and church members who will answer God’s call to have a voice in American politics. I would like to take a moment to briefly discuss the grave injustice that has taken place in our country and the solution to the problem. Much of my information will be drawn from Wayne Grudem’s book Politics According to the Bible (ch. 5) and the website www.rinr.org. I strongly encourage for every believer to read pages 124-154 in Grudem’s book and to regularly visit Pastor Rit Varriale’s website.
In short, the Supreme Court has gradually discovered they could have unlimited power in our country and has thus become the most powerful group in the nation. Rather than interpreting the original intent of the constitution, these justices go beyond the law now making new laws based on what it thinks is best for the nation. At present, there are 4 liberal “activist” justices and 4 conservative “originalist” justices. The swing vote is a justice by the name of Anthony Kennedy who often sides with the “originalist” justices. In essence, this one justice has more power than the President of the United States. Together, these 9 justices are unelected by the people (they are appointed for life by the President), are unaccountable to the people, and decide nearly all the important laws of our land.
This idea goes against the original idea of our Forefathers and the original intent of the constitution and the original intent of the Supreme Court. Judges were to have absolutely no role in the process of making laws or in the difficult process of amending the Constitution. They were to judge according to a standard of laws outside of themselves. Now they themselves have become the standard. The result is they have determined national laws concerning abortion, homosexuality, and the removal of religion from public events and public places. And this goes against what the majority of American citizens would vote for given the chance.
As a country, we have drifted far away from our true founding. In the documentary Monumental, Professor David Barton states that beginning in 1782 Congress printed and issued out 10,000 Bibles to be used in the America's school houses and that in 1798 signers of the declaration and of the constitution were funding family Bibles.
In the name of constitutionality and human rights, the courts have dominated Western society by stripping the majority of their right to live out their faith in the public square. Our government today is no longer of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is a government of the courts, by the secularists, and for the minority. In essence, 2% of people decide for what 98% of people are against.
So what do we do? We need to remember the power of one. The gospel doesn’t begin with societal transformation. It begins with personal redemption in that as the gospel works its way out in individuals, societal structures will automatically be transformed. The African slave trade is a great example. In its day, it was a grave injustice that still has ramifications today. However, in an optimal world, where the gospel is front and center, slavery would be obsolete. Today, we find ourselves enslaved to the laws made by the Supreme Court. The gospel answer is love, not hate. When the hearts of people and communities are transformed by the gospel, there will be hope that the Supreme Court can be transformed as well!