On February 13, 2016, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia breathed his last and met his Maker. Antonin Scalia was a devout Catholic and a friend of faith. His deeply held religious convictions helped him make decisions that were constitutionally based, yet God honoring.
With the limelight upon the justices last year in light of the Obergefell vs. Hodges decision on marriage, it seems fitting to spend a moment of respect to this man of jurisprudence who did the best that he could in a time such as this (in an earlier blog, I wrote that I think all of the justices are honorable people, doing the best that they can).
Some of Scalia’s decisions may have been puzzling to believers, but life is messy and decisions aren’t always as clear as many would like to believe.
Scalia held the belief that abortion was wrong, but dissented on Roe vs. Wade based on the opinion that there was no constitutional right to abortion, rather than on pure moral grounds. He also argued that the federal government could not prohibit states from permitting abortion. Indeed, life is messy.
Last year, he was one of the dissenting justices in the Obergefell vs. Hodges decision legalizing same-sex unions. In his argument, Scalia expressed that the court should not endorse a practice "which is contrary to the religious beliefs of many of our citizens."
It was apparent in the life and adjudications, being a person of faith and being a Supreme Court Justice was, at best, a mixed bag. Even so, it was comforting to know that we had a justice who knew God and who had a moral compass upon which to lean.
In my opinion, one of the more important and most lasting responsibilities of the President of the United States is the appointment of a new Supreme Court Justice. Hence, it would be important to elect a Chief Executive who has a moral compass and a deep understanding that the United States of America has always been a Christian nation, blessed by God and built upon the basic mores of the Christian faith.
When I try to discern the best candidate for President, there are three major considerations. Two of them deal with moral issues and the third is a biblical perspective. Here is the third one.
Is the candidate a friend of Israel? Why? Because God said of Israel, “And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." Genesis 12:3. I believe in the Word of God and want our country to be blessed.
I am not sure who will be replacing Scalia on the highest court of the land, but I hope that the Lord intercedes and we will have a new justice who has integrity and a moral compass based on the foundational truths of Scriptures.
Something to think about…