To Paraphrase and borrow from The Gospel of St. Luke:
Inasmuch as many have undertaken to give an opinion on the day’s rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States, it seemed like a good idea, most excellent American (or World Citizen), for me to draw up for you and orderly account of what I think about the whole stupid mess, so, here goes (except for the orderly part, everyone knows I haven’t had an ‘orderly’ thought in my life).
This morning, shortly after 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the SCOTUS ruled that the Health Care Bill, lovingly, and mockingly, referred to as Obamacare, does not violate the Constitution. They said, in essence, that the constitution does not limit Congress’ ability to tax behavior.
Some are ecstatic. Others are practically apoplectic. Emotions and rhetoric are flying around like backyard fireworks will next week. The rockets’ red glare, baby. The airwaves are hotter than a three dollar pistol. Left leaning pundits are dancing in the streets and right wing ones are popping blood pressure pills like m&ms.
I’m taking a more philosophical position; Jesus is still Lord. The sun will still rise in the east tomorrow and The University of Kentucky Wildcat Football program still doesn’t need to worry about the 4 team playoff system; because the only way we get anywhere near a playoff game is to buy a ticket.
I am not a member of the Supreme Court of the United States. I am not a constitutional lawyer. No one from the SCOTUS asked for my opinion, though I assure you I have one (on just about every subject). The members of the court ruled. They are grotesquely intelligent men and women. Even the ones I don’t particularly care for are really, really smart. I can agree with them. I can disagree with them. I can jump up and down and have my face turn blue and let my head burst like a pimple from stress; none of that matters. It is done. It’s time to move on.
What I really like about the decision, is essentially they lobbed the ball into the court of the American voter, where it should be. The court, by their decision, said, that Americans need to pay attention to whom we elect to Congress, because elections have consequences. The SCOTUS told us that our Presidential votes are critical, because Presidents appoint Supreme Court Justices. It is now OUR responsibility to elect men and women who have the best interests of America and Americans in mind.
We now have to pay more close attention to issues, answers and agendas. We have to quiz, query, vet and interrogate thoroughly those who would lead us, because once in office they can pretty much do to us what they will.
Maybe now we will look beyond the Ds and Rs, beyond red and blue, to uncover the substance, or lack of substance in the candidates between whom we must choose. I can live with that. In fact, it has some appeal to me as an informed voter.
Before I leave this matter for other pursuits, it appears to me there is also a clear message from today’s events to those of us who call ourselves Christians. When we look to human institutions for answers to humanity’s and society’s ills, we will sometimes be elated and we will sometimes be deflated. We cannot obtain or maintain Holiness from the voting booth. No, it comes from the prayer closet.
I will be a good American. I will vote. I will ‘render unto Caesar’. I will do my duty. I will, though, be a Christian first. Real answers, real solutions will come when hearts are changed, rather than when Congress is changed. I choose Revival over Republicans and Deliverance over Democrats.
So, to all the Christians out there (I’m not sure if the rest of you are even still reading); stop whining (or gloating), put on the ‘full armor of God’, get on your knees, then get to work and start changing the world instead of waiting for someone else to do it. That’s certainly what I intend to do. I’d love for you to join me.
There was a very popular Christian Song about ten years ago, with a chorus that went like this:
“I get on my knees, I get on my knees;
There I am before the love that changes me.
See I don’t know how, but there’s power
When I’m on my knees.”
Governments come and Governments go. My task remains the same. OUR task remains the same. We will not be deterred. We will not be deflected. We will not be dismayed. “Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”