The Highest Court of All

The United States of America has a wonderful judicial system. It’s not perfect, but it is the best there is on earth.

Our court system has a hierarchical arrangement at the local, state and federal levels. Locally, the highest court is the Superior Court. The highest court in the land is the Federal Supreme Court made up of nine Supreme Court Justices. Whatever cannot be decided at the local or state levels ends up before the Supreme Court if they so choose to adjudicate a matter.

Once the Supreme Court decides on an issue, it becomes the law of the land. All Americans are then obligated as dutiful citizens to obey the decision or choose to practice civil disobedience and suffer the consequences.

Even the Bible advocates obeying civil authorities. Peter wrote, during a time of heavy persecution, “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14 or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.” 1 Peter 2:13-14.

It is both wise and prudent to totally and absolutely obey the edicts of the Supreme Court unless there is a judicial court that is higher than the Supreme Court. And there is.

Isaiah 33:22 says, “For the Lord is our judge, The Lord is our lawgiver, The Lord is our king…” James wrote, “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?”

Jesus speaks of the Final Judgment in Matthew 25. He said, “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left.”

All of us will be accountable to a Court that is much higher than the Supreme Court of the land. Each of the nine Justices themselves will have to give account of their actions and decisions to the One who will sit in their judgment and, as it is with the Supreme Court, there is no appeal, for God’s judgment will be final and forever.

Christians who decide to follow Jesus and obey His Word become honor bound to do as Peter did as he sat before the high court of Jerusalem and said, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29b.

So in light of the recent and past decisions of our Supreme Court, we must always remember that God’s laws trump the laws of the land and that all of us will someday be held accountable to the highest court of all.

Something to think about…