"Lord, who may dwell in your sacred? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; Whose tongue utters no slander, who does not wrong to a neighbor and casts no slur on another; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest, who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken." Psalms 15:1-5
Another key issue of the 2016 Presidential election is the pending appointments of justices to the Supreme Court. One more liberal-leaning justice will swing the Court to the left and dramatically change the laws of the land. One conservative judge will make a conservative majority and provide protection for the Constitution.
In Chapter 19 of Dr. Garlow's book "Well Versed", he deals with the topic of the Judiciary.
"Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's June 26, 2015, writing in "Obergefell v. Hodges" was quite possibly the strongest attack on Christians and Christian values ever written by a sitting Justice in a majority opinion. In it he accused Christians of animus - that is, hatred or hostility - for believing what has been believed for the last 5,000 years of Judeo-Christianity and what is declared clearly in the Bible: marriage is defined as a union of one man-one woman.
The purpose of the Supreme Court - the judicial branch - is to determine the constitutionality of a law. It cannot create a law, nor even demand a law. The limitations placed on the judicial branch are quite clear in the Constitution; it is the legislative branch - the Congress which creates laws. Neither can the President - as the executive branch. The President can only enact the laws made by the Congress. Executive orders are not mentioned in the U. S. Constitution, although Presidents make, on the average, around sixty executive orders per year.
How did the five majority justices come up with their June 26, 2015? In effect, five justices interpreted the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution - designed to ensure freed slaves were not denied citizenship status - to redefine marriage based on sexual orientation. They saw the Fourteenth Amendment as granting them the privilege to redefine an institution which had stood for five thousand years.
The Fourteenth Amendment was also used in the egregious Roe v. Wade decision of 1973. Seven justices concluded then that it guaranteed a woman the "right to privacy" that trumped the unborn child's right to be recognized as a person. Without personhood, the child was relegated to the status of property that had no legal protections.
Let's be clear. The issue we are now discussing is not a mere academic issue. The greatest abuses in America recently have been at the hands of the Supreme Court justices. Due to their life-long terms, the consistent proclivity to disregard the intent of the words of the Constitution, and their recent obsession with consulting European governments and legal documents rather that respecting the intent of our own Constitution, the Supreme Court is one of the greatest dangers to the future of the nation."
When I think about how crucial it is that the next justices appointed be conservatives whose decisions are guided by the original intent of the U.S. Constitution I have to vote for the Presidential Candidate who is most likely to appoint justices like that.
Shouldn't that be a major consideration for you as well?