Monday, June 27, 2005

The Supreme Court:
Trying to Find Just the Right Venue for The Law of God

The Supreme Court, in a very familiar 5-4 decision, tried to exhibit a modicum of wisdom today in it's ruling about potentially where does the display of the Ten Commandments represent national and religious history vs. promoting religion. Here is the issue: if its display promotes history--it can stay; if its display promotes religion--it must go. This is foolishness; for in terms of content it is only religious--it is God's Law! But unfortunately, they have once again muddied the political waters when it comes to the debate on Disestablishmentarianism.

However, the Supreme Court is not supreme. Their arguments are mostly incoherent; they seem to represent in many instances only the postmodern secularists of the day; and they are not the "lawmakers" in our nation as defined constitutionally (they're just nine people in black robes). But, God is the Great and Dreadful Sovereign of the universe and will not be thwarted, shaken, disturbed or derailed in His unassailable will, purpose and design over all His creatures. Especially by this court.

The emphasis given to the Ten Commandments these days should cause us within Christianity to recover "the law in gospel preaching." The law is not meant to be reduced as a moral code for unregenerate people to live by in order to make society a more civil place. It is not designed to hang in halls of justice as decoration or religious fare. The law of God convicts us of sin (Romans 7:7-12); stops the mouths of sinners from boasting Romans 3:19-20; incarcerates us into sin Galatians 3:22-23; and acts as a tutor instructing us, leading us to the gospel of grace Galatians 3:24-25.

Beloved, take heart. Here is an encouraging way to respond to their decisions today: Read Isaiah 40 and meditate on the immutable character of God; pray for each of the members of The Supreme Court 1 Timothy 2:1-3 ; and then faithfully carry on in the work of the gospel Luke 24:44-48.

Focus on the Faith,
Steve Camp
1 Peter 2:11-17

1 comment:

Shamgar said...


Their arguments are mostly incoherent; they seem to represent in many instances only the postmodern secularists of the day; and they are not the "lawmakers" in our nation as defined constitutionally


Actually, they're not 'lawmakers' in our nation constitutionally. They do basically make laws any more, but it is anything but constitutional.

Oh, and as an aside, why did you choose blogger.com, as opposed to simply integrating something like wordpress or nucleus into your existing site? (Really annoying that I had to setup a blog I'll never use just to comment.