"As “salt” and “light,” we are to seek to influence our society by means of the exposure of the deeds of darkness and illumination of truth through the declaration of the Gospel. We cannot allow our perspectives to deteriorate into thinking that through legislation or law, we can improve our society."
Today marks the beginning of the hearings on the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court of the United States. In the American political environment, this promises to be a bitter battle between two ideologies with multiple perspectives. One ideology is to allow the Constitution of the United States to be interpreted with a certain level of fluidity - with latitude considering todays priorities and cultural “convictions.” Another is to interpret the Constitution in light of the authority of authorial intent - that is, with a respect to what the framers of the Constitution had in mind when they wrote the document.
Those who have learned to take advantage of the judicial system to accomplish what the political process could not provide them through legislation. They have sought to overrun the courts with judges who will “do the will of the people” with social activism and cultural change. By design, this is supposed to be the role of the legislators, but many of the liberal agenda items have no traction with the majority of the citizens and therefore no legislation is possible. Hence, activists for liberal causes have sought to push their agendas through the court system. For them, having a judge added to the Supreme Court who cares about authorial intent is a major threat to their further activism in the courts. This is why the hearings will prove to be unpredictable in their proceedings.
For the believer, these battles ought to be a point of faithful prayer concern. Our hope ought never to be placed in men - regardless of how much “power” is exerted by those men. God’s purpose continues forward as He has planned - none of His purposes can be thwarted. However, this does not mean that believers become fatalists. God’s providence provides us confidence, but He has also called upon us to be of influence in this world. As “salt” and “light,” we are to seek to influence our society by means of the exposure of the deeds of darkness and illumination of truth through the declaration of the Gospel. We cannot allow our perspectives to deteriorate into thinking that through legislation or law, we can improve our society. It will not ever happen - depravity is too pervasive and dominant. However, two things are of concern:
- We have the responsibility to contribute to the restraint of lawlessness as believers. This is one of many functions of salt - to preserve from decay. This is done primarily and most effectively by the power of God’s Spirit using the church to influence society. It is also done through laws that restrain the evildoer. We are told: “law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious …” [1 Timothy 1:9]. As laws become lax and permissive, the corresponding restraint of sin is diminished leading to greater lawlessness and rebellion against God. One of our roles is to help to preserve such restraint. This is why we care enough to pray earnestly and speak out on issues that the Bible addresses or that clearly violate God’s revealed will. Hence, we care about the Supreme Court of the United States and trust that God will provide ample representation to help to preserve our land from further degeneration. This is the heart of the believer.
- We have the responsibility to contribute to the solution to our society’s “improvement” through the proclamation of the Gospel. No man has ever been justified by the works of the Law, but through faith in Jesus Christ. Hence, the only hope for our land is for God to draw men to Himself by His grace through faith in the Savior. This is our commission - to preach the Gospel so that men can be saved. Throughout the history of the United States, God has chosen to bring numerous “Awakenings” to the truth of the Gospel and massive conversions to faith in Christ. Our prayer is that He will do so again through the power of the Gospel as we share it. The freedom to do this is presently granted and we rejoice in this freedom. Even should the freedom to preach the Gospel be removed from us, we will continue to obey God and proclaim Christ. Yet, our great desire is to see such freedom preserved. Hence, we care about what kind of person is appointed to the Supreme Court where freedoms are defined and either granted or rescinded.
Our prayers are for God’s blessing us with favor undeserved as a Nation by the provision of a Justice who will preserve our abilities to serve God with freedom and blessing. May we see Him prevail throughout the current hearing as He determines how He is going to either bless or further curse this Nation. Pray!!!