“The death of a democracy?”
This weekend we celebrate our countries 239th birthday. But I must share with you that I believe we may be approaching the end of our birthdays as a democracy. Last Friday’s decision by the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage really goes to the core of our existence as a nation. I must tell you that I took that decision very personally. You see the democratic process entails pursuing a legislative purpose to get the support of people behind your position. The last year I pastored in Michigan I served as the county rep in Arenac County for the “Citizens for the Protection of Marriage”. In that role I attended meetings and circulated petitions to pursue putting it on the ballot in 2004 for a vote to change the states constitution to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The law that was struck down last Friday was the Michigan law that I had worked to help put on the books. In fact the law that was perverted last Friday struck down effectively 36 states that had gone through the same democratic procedure to change their constitutions to define marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Thousands of people actually did the same thing that I did across 36 different states in an effort to protect marriage in their states. Even in California (one of the most liberal states) with proposition 8 over 52% of 13.4 million voters voted to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. That was part of the democratic process. What was not part of the process was when the state of California refused to defend the law that the people had passed and a lower court’s ruling overturning the law was upheld because the Supreme Court refused to hear the law because California wouldn’t defend the law, so much for the democratic process.
The Supreme Court in America has a long history of very poor decision-making when it bases its decisions not on the Constitution but upon popular opinions in the culture. The Dred Scott decision of 1857 ruled that no African-American enslaved or free could be a citizen of America, therefore they had no standing in the court to sue. Of course this made the Southerners of the day very happy. But that single decision also became part of the catalysts that led to the Civil War. It was a Supreme Court decision that allowed states to segregate African Americans from the white population in 1890,that gave rise to the Jim Crow laws in our land. Again that was very popular in the day for the majority of people in America but it took over 75 years of horrible treatment for that law to finally be overturned by the civil rights law. We are told by the pollsters that the majority of Americans now support same-sex marriage. If this is true why did they not have to go through the legislative process just as others had pursued in order to defend marriage? How is it that five justices offering their decision without any legal basis or without any support in the Constitution can strike down laws that had been achieved in 36 states through the democratic process?
Two of the Supreme Court justices had already performed same-sex marriages. That indicates that they had completely decided on the legitimacy of same-sex marriage. Therefore they should have recused themselves from even serving on this case. How would you like to be on trial for something where the judge has already decided on your guilt before any of the evidence has been presented? We are seeing in our lifetime the same thing that is seen repeatedly in the book of Judges. The book of Judges concludes with these five little words, “everyone did as he saw fit”. Over and over again there is a cycle of destruction and judgment that comes in the book of Judges because “everyone did as he saw fit”. Five judges have just decided in their own fancy that same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. I can’t imagine that there are many birthdays left for America if these are the people who are deciding the direction our nation is going in total disregard of the democratic process. Pray that God’s people would pray for our nation and seek His face in humility as we see the darkness approaching.
Grieving for America,
“The death of a democracy?”