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Final Justice: The Return of Christ

Final Justice: The Return of Christ, Part 1

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if I were a prophet in Israel, and the evangelical church was Israel, I would declare that the church had gone after Baal. I would declare what the prophets of the Old Testament declared about Israel, that they had been seduced by false gods, because that is exactly what has happened to the evangelical church. It has been seduced by a false god and a false religion.
The church has been so seduced by this that it has fallen victim to the point where it looks exactly like a political and social organization rather than the kingdom of God confronting the world.
Perhaps justice is the noblest of all human achievements when it can be achieved. As noble as justice is, however, in this fallen world it is extremely difficult to see it. It’s even difficult to define it, and more difficult to implement it. It’s even confusing to watch people demanding justice by violating laws.
We can have justice departments ad infinitum and never really achieve broad-based true justice.
Chapter 5 of Ecclesiastes, verse 8: “If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province,” – or the region – “do not be shocked at the sight.” Why? It’s a fallen world. “For one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.” In other words, we admit there is injustice in the world, we’re not surprised by it. That’s why we have to stack officials on top of officials, on top of officials to try the best we can to have courts of appeal that go higher and higher to find their way to justice.
“After all, a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.” The best you can hope for in the struggle for justice is to have a leader who creates jobs, so that you have something to give yourself to under the sun. That’s a leader who doesn’t give himself to war, but gives himself to work.

First Step Act: Reducing Sentences For Nonviolent Offenders

The First Step Act, Chuck Colson, and the Church’s Work of Restoration

  • “The First Step Act,” which sought to reduce the number of people in overcrowded federal prisons and improve conditions for those behind bars.
  • When he endorsed the bill, President Trump said, “We’re all better off when former inmates can receive and re-enter society as law-abiding, productive citizens.” At last month’s Republican National Convention, Ivanka Trump called the First Step Act “the most significant criminal justice reform of our generation.” That’s not an overstatement.
  • A major feature of the bill is that it reduces mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenders, especially “low-level, nonviolent offenders.”
  • In its first year, the First Step Act has literally changed thousands of lives. According to a recent report from the United States Sentencing Commission, the sentences of more than 7,000 federal prisoners, deemed able to safely return to their communities, were reduced.
  • the First Step Act is a modest, but very real, “first step” towards comprehensive criminal justice reform

Destroying the Unlawful Judicial System

To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no dawn. They will pass through the land hard-pressed and famished, and it will turn out that when they are hungry, they will be enraged and curse their king and their God as they face upward. Then they will look to the earth, and behold, distress and darkness, the gloom of anguish; and they will be driven away into darkness.

Isaiah

Ginsburg’s Fall Reminds Us Of Our Mortality

“Liberal icon” fractures 3 ribs in fall

“Take my ribs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” This is how many across the nation have responded to the news that the longtime Supreme Court justice fell in her office Wednesday evening, breaking three ribs. Others have been less charitable.

Justice Ginsburg is a metaphor for American culture. How you reacted to the news of her accident likely reveals your position on today’s highly partisan political spectrum.

“A flaming feminist litigator”
Justice Ginsburg was one of nine women in her class at Harvard Law School. She was the first woman to become a tenured professor at Columbia University Law School and the co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU. As the leader of this project, she successfully argued six landmark cases before the Supreme Court.

President Clinton nominated her to the Supreme Court in 1993; the Senate confirmed her by a ninety-six to three vote. Since that time, she has gained a reputation for personal fortitude. She has yet to miss a day of oral arguments, even while undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer, recovering from surgery for colon cancer, and grieving the death of her husband in 2010.

Ginsburg has become a “liberal icon” who describes herself as “a flaming feminist litigator.” Her criticism of Donald Trump during the presidential campaign drew applause from his critics and censure from his supporters.

One of the gravest challenges we face
It is tempting to view today’s polarization of the Supreme Court as a necessary reflection of the polarization of our nation. Since we are divided between “red” and “blue” states, rural and urban, liberals and conservatives, it seems fitting that our justices reflect such division. And it seems appropriate that the president should be able to make judicial nominations consistent with his political position since he was elected by the will of the people.

As a very strong pro-life supporter, you might expect me to defend this position since it led to the recent appointments of two conservative justices. But I do not.

In fact, I consider the politicization of the Supreme Court to be one of the gravest challenges our democracy faces.

Unlike every other democracy in the world, America’s federal and Supreme Court justices are given lifetime appointments. Alexander Hamilton, in The Federalist Papers: No. 78, explained the founders’ reasoning. Defending “the permanent tenure of judicial offices,” he stated that “nothing will contribute so much as this to that independent spirit in the judges which must be essential to the faithful performance of so arduous a duty.”

In other words, lifetime appointments are intended to protect the justices from the vagaries of shifting political agendas. This provision has been heavily criticized over the years by those who believe it makes the justices less accountable to the people.

But such accountability is precisely what the founders did not intend.

Decisions that would have shocked the Founders
As I noted yesterday, our foundational declaration that “all men are created equal” was articulated within a Judeo-Christian worldview. This worldview embraces a consensual morality grounded in the realities of absolute truth and objective morality. This commitment to objective truth applies to the US Constitution, a document which I believe its authors intended to be interpreted and applied objectively.

They made provision for amendments as needed but would be shocked to see it treated as a “living document” that can be interpreted and applied according to the changing political and moral beliefs of the day. But this is just how some of our Supreme Court justices view the Constitution.

This approach enabled them to discover a “right to privacy” within the Fourteenth Amendment that they utilized to legalize abortion and same-sex marriage. It is inconceivable to me that the founders would have intended such “rights.” I am not alone in this conviction.

In his dissent on the Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage, Chief Justice Roberts stated: “Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law.” He suggested to those celebrating the majority’s decision, “Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

Justice Thomas agreed: “The majority invokes our Constitution in the name of a ‘liberty’ that the Framers would not have recognized, to the detriment of the liberty they sought to protect.”

“Sojourners and exiles”
I believe that our Founders intended our judges and justices to interpret and apply the Constitution according to its original intent (a position known as “originalism”).

I am therefore convinced that Roe v. Wade was a grave error, not just because life begins at conception, but because the ruling was based on a flawed “right to privacy” and should be overturned on its legal merits. (See this excellent article by Christianity Today‘s Matt Reynolds for more.) I believe the same is true for Obergefell‘s discovery of a “right” to same-sex marriage.

But since I am not a lawyer but a theologian, I suspect that you are reading this Daily Article not for my legal opinions but for biblical commentary. What I have written to this point is but a long introduction to this fact: this culture is not our home.

In a day when judicial rulings and conventional wisdom are based more on political and personal opinions than objective morality, we can expect cultural chaos to continue. Religious liberty will be protected in some rulings and assailed in others. Biblical values will likely come under escalating opposition as the post-Christian trajectory of our day continues.

“Sojourners and exiles” in this world are to “keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation” (1 Peter 2:11-12). When that day comes, we will be judged not by Supreme Court justices who are fallen like us but by the Supreme Judge of the universe (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fall reminds us of her mortality, and of ours as well.

Are you prepared to meet your Lord?

Another Bible Illustration For My File

Deluding Influence So That They Will Believe What Is False

Turning Unbelief Into Belief

2 Thess 2:10-12 …because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.

The anti-Trump, left-wing #CancelKavanaugh protest in Washington, DC, on Thursday tried and convicted President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting women and lying to the Senate Judiciary Committee without any of the Constitutional due processes they claim to want to protect by rejecting the federal judge’s nomination.

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Carrying signs and banners describing Kavanaugh as a sexual predator and a drunk and calling for him and the president to be impeached and jailed, protestors chanted “We Do Not Consent” and “We Believe Survivors.”

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“We Believe Survivors” buttons were prevalent, a theme that emerged after Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago at a high school party.

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Her claim came after the judiciary committee heard 30-plus hours of testimony during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, resulting in an additional hearing for Ford’s testimony and Kavanaugh’s response to it.

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That hearing spurred a seventh FBI background check on Kavanaugh, who has been in public service for decades, and FBI background checks on others Ford claimed were involved in the long-ago incident, including high school friend Mark Judge. Judge has already given two sworn statements under penalty of felony that stated he does not recall the party or Kavanaugh assaulting Ford.

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After the final FBI investigation found no corroboration for Ford’s claims, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday launched the final round of the confirmation battle, filing for cloture to ensure a final vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the end of the week.

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The organizers of the protest are the same left-wing organizations that have opposed Trump since he was elected in 2016 and are using the ongoing demonstrations to raise funds for their cause and register Democratic voters, including: the George Soros-funded moveon.org; the Women’s March, co-founded by anti-Semite and anti-Israel Linda Sarsour; Planned Parenthood; and Black Lives Matter.

Video also shows protesters chasing and screaming at Sen. John Cornyn Thursday:

 

ABC News reports that Capitol Police arrested 302 demonstrators today:

 

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