In the last few days there has been an avalanche of anger, protests and outrage in response to the recent nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court by President Trump. From the moment the announcement was made on Monday there were protests outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. and around the Nation. At the heart of these protests was the belief that the laws of America were going to be dramatically changed by the new Justice and that America would never be the same. Some of the fears and rhetoric about these legal possibilities have bordered on hysteria. Consider this reaction by former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe as representative of the fears and hyperbole going on right now,
The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh will threaten the lives of millions of Americans for decades to come and will morph our Supreme Court into a political arm of the right-wing Republican Party.
At the heart of much of the fears about Judge Kavanaugh's appointment to the Court is the fear by some that abortion will be restricted or made illegal in the future, gay marriage and sexual freedoms might be challenged, needed healthcare would not be available and laws might be interpreted in ways that would "threaten" people's lives...by the millions. As a result, the coming battle to confirm Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court promises to be intense and downright nasty as our culture wars over the Constitution, law, truth, right and wrong continues to unfold.
Now this battle over the law and how to interpret it will continue until our Lord Jesus Christ returns. This current battle is THE central issue in the culture war going on all around us. It is also the central issue that the Bible is deeply concerned about as well. You see, whoever defines the laws of any nation and/or interprets them becomes a god. However, only the real God and Lord of this world can truly define what is right or wrong and how individuals' lives are to be ultimately judged. This is true in every nation on Earth and with every religion, be it Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.
On a spiritual level when the law changes so does the definition of sin. If you have no law, you have no sin. A good example of this would be that if abortion is legal, and not against the law, it is not wrong and therefore not sinful. This applies to every issue of life. Therefore, the attempt to define and/or redefine "right" and "wrong" using a society's laws has been at the epicenter of every movement away from the Lord from the beginning. All of this started in the Garden when the serpent redefined God's laws of "right" and "wrong" according to Genesis 3:4-5. Without laws in place the ideas regarding "right," "wrong" and "sin" don't even exist because there is no way to define it. This is the heart of the Bible's argument made by the Apostle Paul in Romans 7:7-8 where he writes,
What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "You shall not covet." But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead.
In this passage the Apostle Paul is telling the Church that without laws in place "sin was dead." In other words, without a law in place to make a judgment, no one could ever be accused of doing anything wrong. Nothing is ever wrong, there is no sin, it is dead and meaningless. This fact helps to explain our current battle in the Supreme Court. Millions of people do not want the laws of the Constitution strictly enforced as written. People have been looking for ways to have the laws more "loosely" interpreted, or to have new "laws" and "rights" invented. People want a Constitution, or a Bible for that matter, that changes with the times and how people want to live their lives. After all, you can't find any clear Constitutional support for abortion, gay marriage, government mandated healthcare or a host of other issues. Those issues are not in the Constitution as written. As a result, the only way you can make such issues "legal" and "Constitutional" is to find a Supreme Court that will interpret things your way. This is the battle we are facing today. We don't need to go to law school or become a judge to make sense of this issue; it is part of everyday life for every American. All of us are left then with a tough choice. We all must decide whether we want to live under the Constitution as written or make up our own.
So, this battle with the seating of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is the same battle that has always existed with the Lord. The Bible is very clear on God's laws. His Constitution, so to speak, was made plain and is easy to understand for those willing to listen. It is written down in the Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20. How interesting then that just a few years before these major battles of who would be on the Supreme Court have unfolded, virtually all our public displays of the Ten Commandments were removed. It is almost as if as soon as God's laws began to disappear...so did ours. The direct connections here between our concept of law as defined in the Bible and our Constitution are simply incredible and hard to miss.
Now the major problem with removing laws, redefining and/or not enforcing them is that you can't have a thriving society without them in place. Without laws to protect unborn children, the family, free speech, freedom of religion, our national borders, immigration policies and the rights of us all, things just begin to fall apart. That is going on right now for those paying attention. Without clear laws and standards in place America, or any nation for that matter, will slowly begin to fade away and become something else that one day people won't even recognize.
Finally, without laws and a Heavenly Constitution in place there is no sin and surely NO need for a Savior. Without that Law and the sin it reveals, the Lord Jesus died on the Cross for nothing. The purpose of the Law has always been to protect us and show us that we have sinned and need a Savior. The Law is the Lord's tool of love to get our attention and remind us that we have fallen short of His glory. The Law is designed to lead us to a saving knowledge of the Lord and His atoning love. The Cross is the only way to bring real justice to a world so desperarately looking for it. That recognition of sin and forgiveness through the Cross is the doorway to Heaven itself and the wonderful news of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
May every heart find grace and love in the Lord's laws and His Gospel for everyone. May we share those truths with everyone we can in this dramatic hour of American history. America's future and destiny will ultimately center on how these issues are resolved. It is a time for everyone to pray, speak up and vote as we seek to preserve the greatness of our Nation.