Saturday, May 9, 2009

Choosing a Supreme Court Nominee - Do Not Do Injustice!

There are many, many instances on this blog showing how much our nation's roots were influenced by the Holy Bible. Our Founders found great wisdom in the Bible and quoted it frequently in their writings.

President Obama has said during his campaign (more so than after the election) that his Christian faith is a strong influence in his life. He has also said what he is looking for in a Supreme Court nominee. Obama said that his choice would know "that justice isn’t about some abstract legal theory." He also said, "I view that quality of empathy, of understanding and identifying with people's hopes and struggles, as an essential ingredient at arriving at just decisions and outcomes."

It also came out in the campaign and since then that Obama would like to redistribute wealth, taking more from those who have much and giving it to those who have little. Is that part of what he means in the above statements?

Consider the advice given to us in Leviticus 19:15 (thanks to Michael Medved for this idea):

"You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great; with justice you shall judge your neighbor." *

So God, who had great mercy on the poor and often instructed us to do likewise, says not to give the poor an advantage over the wealthy, but rather to simply judge fairly. That's not a bad model for a Supreme Court Justice. I hope we get one who will judge fairly regardless of a person's position in life.

* Scripture quotation from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright ©1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and used by permission.

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