What’s Happening Wednesday: Supreme Justice

I’m not watching the confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson, but I have seen a couple of clips. I hope Judge Brown-Jackson gets a fair hearing, and that proceedings are as drama-free as humanly possible. The key-word being human.

Justice can be elusive on earth. Before I watched an exchange between President Biden’s Supreme court justice nominee, and Senator Ted Cruz, I read a story about two brothers who were convicted of a murder they did not commit. They were recently released from prison 25 years later, and were reunited. Here in Kansas City, we have the stories of Lamonte Mcintyre and Kevin Strickland that remind us that our courts do not always get it right.

As Christians, it is our duty to seek justice, but it’s difficult. As people, we tend to want mercy for ourselves, and justice for the people who have done us wrong. However, there is a Divine Justice, who is faithful and right in all things. It is our job on earth to stick as closely as possible to that judicial philosophy.

It is textualism, as it is wholly based on written law.

It is originalism, as the Judge who interprets is also the one who wrote it.

It is activism, as God is not bound by our human precedent.

It is judicial restraint, as the judge does not have political or personal allegiances.

Psalm 19:7-10

The law of the Lord(O) is perfect,(P)
    refreshing the soul.(Q)
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,(R)
    making wise the simple.(S)
The precepts of the Lord are right,(T)
    giving joy(U) to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.(V)
The fear of the Lord(W) is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.(X)

10 They are more precious than gold,(Y)
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,(Z)
    than honey from the honeycomb.”

In these alone do I put my trust.

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