This week has seen two decisions added to the infamous record of the US Supreme Court: Dred Scott, Buck v. Bell, Roe v. Wade; and now King v. Burwell and Obergefell v. Hodges.
King v. Burwell effectively changed the Affordable Care Law to ignore the clear meaning of the words “established by the state,” in effect changing the wording to “established by the state or federal government.” This is a clear violation of Article I of the Constitution: “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States…” Six justices usurped legislative power, a high crime and violation of their oaths of office.
Just days later, in Obergefell v. Hodges, five of those six justices — even Chief Justice Roberts couldn’t stomach this excess — misappropriated the power of the states by changing the definition of marriage. The edict establishing government sanction of homosexual “marriage” also is a high crime and violation of the justices’ oaths of office. Why do we need Congress, when we have the Supreme Court to rule our nation and make our laws for us?
Many have documented these blatant violations of the Constitution by the federal courts. Many are also proposing solutions. The correct response is for Congress to remove the six worst justices via impeachment. We all know this will never happen, given the contempt exhibited by most members of Congress for the Constitution.
Senator Ted Cruz has proposed a constitutional amendment to make justices stand for recall election on an eight year cycle. Though I am generally cautious about amendments, I would support that approach, though I would prefer to see a requirement for re-confirmation by the Senate super-majority. The Framers of the Constitution were not perfect, so they did not foresee the extent of the judiciary’s lust for power; the degree of spinelessness that Congress has evolved; or the growing ignorance of the electorate about the nature and purpose of our Constitution. Cruz’s proposal would at least give us some hope of eventually reversing the abominable choices made by the president and Senate.
Some local political jurisdictions are deciding to stop issuing any marriage licenses, so all couples of whatever kind would be treated the same. I proposed this back in 1999 in a newspaper column, and received lots of verbal abuse in response. This is still a good idea, and I hope that it gains momentum at the state level. To go along with this, of course we need to remove tax incentives and whatever other government benefits are associated with marriage.
What does all of this have to do with the “Thy kingdom come” petition of the Lord’s Prayer? The degeneration of society is to be expected in the years approaching the Second Coming of Jesus. The government sanction of homosexual “marriage” is a new low in human moral history. It’s not Sodom and Gomorrah, in that we don’t yet have homosexual rape mobs ruling the streets; but it is something that even those condemned cities apparently never thought of.
I see two ways to think of “Thy kingdom come.” It can be a petition that the Christian Gospel would be spread far and wide and be accepted by the hearers. It can also be a petition that Jesus would return and cut short the persecution of His people, the church. Either one is especially appropriate in light of the direction our society is headed. Which one it will be we leave to the next of the petitions: “Thy will be done.”