I was struck by the contrast between the events happening with the Supreme Court this week in Washington D.C. and one of the passages I’ll be preaching from this coming Sunday. First, I must confess that my heart is deeply troubled by the Supreme Court justices and their profoundly hypocritical judgments in the case of DOMA and Proposition 8. DOMA is the Defense of Marriage Act that was signed into law through the legislative process in 1996 to protect states from having to recognize gay marriages that are performed in other states. Proposition 8 is California’s marriage amendment, which the people of California adopted in 2008 by ballot initiatives, which was a reaction against the California Supreme Court which had legislated a redefinition of marriage from the bench. Neither Proposition 8 nor the DOMA were defended by the governing bodies. The Obama administration refused to defend DOMA before the Supreme Court and Proposition 8 was not defended by the Brown administration in the courts. Here’s where I see such profound hypocrisy on the part of the Supreme Court. As it regarded Proposition 8 the Supreme Court refused to issue a ruling because the state didn’t defend the law. But the same court did issue a ruling to strike down DOMA that was again not defended but the government. See any inconsistencies there? How could they not rule on one piece of legislation that wasn’t defended by the state but rule on one piece that wasn’t defended by the government?
What’s even scarier is the Supreme Court struck down one piece of legal legislation and in kicking Proposition 8 back to the Ninth Circuit Court thereby striking down the will of the people in California not to accept gay marriages. The Ninth Circuit Court had already ruled Proposition 8 unconstitutional. This sets a dangerous precedent. Anytime any state government disagrees with any proposition approved by the people of the state in response to any law, all the state has to do is refuse to defend the law in the courts and the law is almost certainly going to be overturned by some lower court.
Contrast that with the source of blessing in the land of Judah during the reign of Jehoshaphat. In the 19th chapter of 2 Chronicles sweeping revival comes to the land of Judah. We read that the king appointed judges and let’s see what he told them. He said, “Consider carefully what you do, because you are not judging for man but for the Lord, who is with you whenever you give a verdict. Now let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Judge carefully, for with the Lord our God there is no injustice or partiality or bribery” (v.6-7 NIV).
How much longer will the stink of injustice in America go up before the judgment of a holy God falls on this land? How much longer will God allow corrupted politicians and judges to disregard the will of the people and some semblance of law and order? Remember that America was founded on a worldview of Judeo-Christian values. The whole concept of the balance of power between the judicial, executive and legislative branches is based on the concept that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But what happens when all 3 branches have become corrupted by special interest groups and big dollars? We need “the fear of the Lord” in every branch of government. Please pray for our nation. Remember that the writer of Proverbs tells us, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov. 14:34).
In the fear of the Lord,
Pastor Rich Sivo