I am posting here my “Personal Notes” for announcements in my congregations this Sabbath:
Well, the New Jersey Supreme Court has added another ugly and ungodly chapter to the “progress” of homosexual “rights” in America. In an apparent attempt to head off charges of judicial activism, the court claims to defer to the democratic process, but such a claim is a ruse. The court clearly mandates that “every statutory right and benefit conferred to heterosexual couples through civil marriage must be made available to committed same-sex couples…” (my emphasis), while they toss to the “democratic process” the bone of deciding what name such “committed couplings” shall bear, whether “marriage” or “union” or what have you. Sounds to me as deferential as a dictator allowing a condemned man to choose whether there will be eight or ten men in his firing squad. The Wall Street Journal opinion article on the decision printed in Friday’s paper notes and condemns the court’s dishonest stance and is worth reading.
Those who think that the main problem with the godless slide our country is taking is “liberal judges” who won’t restrict themselves to the letter of the Constitution should reconsider that thought. One of the most conservative and admired judges in America is Justice Antonin Scalia of the U.S. Supreme Court. Personally, I think he is one of the finest and brightest judges we have in the U.S. Yet, the fact is that his approach to constitutional interpretation is no protection against our slide into godlessness. In a recent parental rights case (Troxel v. Granville) concerning whether grandparents should have a right to visit grandchildren regardless of parental wishes, Scalia voted against the parental rights position. He explained that though he politically supports such a concept, he could not support parental rights as a constitutional matter since they are not spelled out explicitly in the text—thus meaning that parental rights in the U.S. are not to be considered “fundamental” (The Home School Court Report, March/April 2006). The implications of such a stance for Christian child rearing should be considered carefully.
The root cause of our continuing plunge into Sodom and Gomorrah (and of our coming national punishment) is not a matter of “bad calls” from our senators and judges and the solution is not better politics and judicial appointments. The problem is the spreading leaven of sin in a society that does not have a heart that fears God (Deut. 5:29) and that will not keep His law. And the only solution that will work is the coming rule of the Giver of that law. May God Almighty speed that day, and until then let us renew our passion daily to bear witness to His coming Kingdom and to warn our fellow Israelites that sin does (and will) bring consequences—personally and nationally.
Have a great Sabbath!