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Monday, June 25, 2012

The Supreme Court

This week a lot of attention will be focused upon the Supreme Court. The court is set to make decisions on whether several issues are constitutional. They are going to decide the constitutionality of the health care law, Arizona’s immigration law, whether or not a juvenile can be sentenced to life without parole, and whether or not it is constitutional for someone to lie about military honors. Many of these cases have garnered lots of attention over the past several months as individuals have argued both sides. This week, as the court releases its decisions to these controversial cases, the rulings will be final. There will be no appeal, no do-overs; the court will have made its decision. Regardless of how you feel about these laws. the Supreme Court’s decision will be final; it is the highest court in our land.

The Bible tells us, “And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books" (Revelations 20:12). As John saw his vision of Heaven, he saw that there was going to be a Day of Judgment for all. He saw that God was going to judge all by what they had done. There are several things I think would be prudent for us to notice.

1) God is the Supreme Judge. Once God makes his decision, it will be final. There will be no second chances at the final judgment, there will be no appeals. God’s decision will be final.

2) God will judge by the Supreme Law. As the United States Supreme Court decides whether or not a law is constitutional, they do so by comparing it to the law of the land. God will judge based on the Supreme Law that he has given to us, the Bible.

3) All will face the Supreme Judge. No one will escape facing God and giving account for his or her actions (Romans 14:12). This judgment will occur for everyone. We will all face death and judgment. The only question is when? And what will our judgment be? Although in many ways we can’t control when we will face death, we can control what our judgment will be by determining if our actions are “constitutional”, if our actions are following what God’s law tells us to do.

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