If you want to understand how to make sense of the current culture wars and the spiritual meaning behind them, you need look no further than the current nomination battle over Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In what may turn out to be the most contested fight to seat a Supreme Court Judge in America history, the Lord is giving us a glimpse into the greater spiritual conflict between Heaven and Hell that is going on all around us. You see the candidacy of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court is a lightning rod that defines how people see not only politics and the Constitution, but ultimately the Lord Himself.
The vote to seat Judge Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is expected sometime in April. However, the process to get there promises to be truly "ugly." Both sides in this conflict realize that the rule of law in this country hangs in the balance for the next 20 years or so. Thus, no amount of rhetoric or money can be withheld by either side to either confirm Judge Gorsuch or defeat him. As you watch this battle unfold, it will be amazing to see how it ultimately reveals the hearts of people on both sides.
Now the main reason why this Supreme Court battle is so central to our world is because the Court decides the real meaning of the Law. The Court ultimately decides how we will live, who lives and who dies, by defining what is right and what is wrong. And when you control and define such morality, you become "a god" over the lives of people. We have seen this exact pattern over the years in several landmark Supreme Court cases that involved cases like abortion and how to define marriage. Once we realize what is involved, we quickly understand all the media attention, rancor and energy on both sides that is under way.
In the end, the real heart of this issue is who has the right to make our laws and define our morality. There can only be two choices. Either the people make the laws on their own or they are informed and guided by the Lord. Whoever makes law is god, so the battle for the Law in the Courts is really a vicious battle between Heaven and Hell and who will rule this world. That is NOT to say that everyone who supports one judge or another is going to Heaven or Hell. It's not that easy. This battle is not about flesh and blood, Democrats or Republicans. This battle is ultimately about where each person will fall regarding our view of the Law. If we reject the Law as having a Divine source and component, the only other option is that the Law is created and applied by human beings alone. If that is the choice people are making, then the deeper statement being made is that human beings are god.
Sadly, for many people today, the idea that the Lord rules over this world and our lives with His laws at any level seems crazy. The idea that the Ten Commandments have some meaning to our lives seems antiquated at best, even though Moses is enshrined in stone in several places with the Ten Commandments in the Supreme Court building in Washington. Some would say that is boring, old history. Who cares, right? Others have tried to use the Constitution to escape this moral and spiritual dilemma of divine Law by appealing to some revisionist view of "separation of Church and State," supposedly found in the 1st Amendment. So, wherever you turn today, a clear and conscious attempt is being made to escape from the Lord and His right to create and apply the rule of Law to His world.
Ultimately, the goal in the battle for the seating of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is an attempt to redefine the concept of sin, since sin is ONLY understood through the Law. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 3:20,
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
So if there is no law or the law is redefined, sin disappears. As an example, if abortion is legal, then abortion is not sinful or morally wrong. This thinking leads people to believe that when something is legal it is morally acceptable. This logic can apply to every issue in life. If the Court says that murder is legal and not against the law, then murder is not sin and it becomes acceptable. This has been the pattern for many years now in the American legal system. Judges and courts have redefined things away from God's laws to reflect the changing cultural views that are accepted or demanded by the public. As a result, one judge, one court or even the Supreme Court can make sin and God disappear from public life with the stroke of a pen. Now that is real power for many and it has proven to be intoxicating for increasing numbers of people.
All of this comes to focus in the trial of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord was tried by the Supreme Court of Israel, called the Sanhedrin, in Matthew 26:57-27:2. The Sanhedrin made and applied the laws for God on behalf of the people. Our Lord was tried late that night at the house of Caiaphas the High Priest. The Sanhedrin broke their own laws regarding the location, time and rules for evidence to condemn Jesus and hand Him over the Pilate. They simply chose to do it their own way and ignore the Lord and even their own constitution. They just did what they did because they wanted to, and by redefining the law they sent our Lord to the Cross, the greatest violation of justice and the laws of God and Man in human history.
As we sit back and watch these legal and spiritual battles in Washington over Judge Gorsuch, we must realize we are watching nothing new. The battle over the right to interpret the Law started in the Garden ever since Satan corrupted God's Law with his challenge to Eve in Genesis 3:1-5 when he asked, "Did God really say...?". In the end, our Lord will have the last word and it will fulfill His purposes for our good. Our Lord allowed the court's injustice and freely gave Himself to die on the Cross, thereby giving them and all of us forgiveness and grace we didn't deserve. That, by the way, is the Good News today and forever.
This tremendous battle over who rules this world and how we define law and sin will continue until our Lord returns. Until that glorious Day, may each of us continue to live in and enjoy His gift of love and amazing grace on the Cross. ONLY the Lord Jesus Christ can forgive our sins and legal debts to Him in the final Courtroom of Heaven. That is a Real Supreme Court legal system that we can all live with today and forever.