And Justice For All

22 Feb

I hear it was a great movie and I use the word hear, because I have never seen it.  Not that I haven’t wanted to or that I think that secular movies are bad but because I have never gotten around to taking the time to view it. One reason I have not spoken out about 50 Shades of Grey is because I think Christians should view such movies with God guiding them in order to form a real opinion about the topic.

I remember in my undergrad days, going to see Kramer vs. Kramer to see how the secular world viewed divorce. Back then, divorce was not so easy to obtain, even in the secular world and it was news at the time.  But this piece is not about different movies or how the secular world treats justice. We believers already know that the secular view of justice is flexible, fluid, and depends upon how much money a person has.

What is bothering me about the issue of justice today are several articles found in the Christian Post that talk about judges and their decisions or judicial conduct in the same-sex marriage issue. There is no particular order to the articles I am going to use for this discussion needless to say, I like real justice and get very angry when injustice occurs anywhere throughout the world.

#1. Faulty Judicial Decisions

Judge Callie S. Granade, a federal district judge in Mobile, ruled that an amendment to Alabama’s constitution defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. A federal district judge, however, can only make rulings that are binding on those before her in court. Her decision does not bind all the state’s probate judges, which are the officials who issue marriage licenses.

If this article is correct then we have a judge who is either being swayed by public outcry about a supposed injustice against a minority of people or her personal views already side with those who do not want to practice traditional marriage.  Somewhere along the line, her obligation to be objective and stand for the rights of all people has gotten lost or altered and she has decided to undermine the will of the people for whatever reason she possesses.

Certainly she has overstepped her boundaries and authority by making this decision and he evidence is seen in the following words of that article

Judge Granade has now set herself up to be the chief probate officer in the state of Alabama. She has not defined marriage, and her failure to do so leaves state actors, especially probate judges, without a definition of the institution for which they are issuing state licenses. Worse, she has provided no legal standards — not even a limiting principle — to guide her administration of Alabama family law, which she has now taken upon herself. She will be rewriting the family laws of Alabama, piecemeal and arbitrarily, from her bench. Rather than conducting legislative hearings regarding the familial rights and duties related to the definition of marriage, Judge Granade will be conducting contempt proceedings in which she will decide on a case-by-case basis which actions of Alabama officials violate the Constitution and which do not,” he wrote.

Over the years I have seen and read similar decisions by American or western judges who think their role in this issue is to right a supposed wrong yet no supposed wrong has ever occurred in the institution of marriage as that institution has been clearly defined for thousands of years. The homosexual community knew full well this definition yet they seek to alter it because of their own selfish and spoiled desires. There is no slight against the homosexual in this issue because they are free to enter the institution via marrying an opposite sexed mate but their proclivities distort their thinking and have somehow led them to believe that they are being discriminated against.

Sadly, too many judges have sided with that distorted reasoning. But the real problem is, in their haste to right this supposed wrong, these judges have committed an injustice against those who oppose same-sex marriages. They have trampled upon the idea of the will of the people, the objectivity of their office and clear and rational thinking in this issue.

The only answer I have for this travesty is that this flood of support at all levels for same-sex marriage is part of the delusion that God promised to send. That is the only explanation that provides any sane thinking about this sudden change of heart by so many government officials.

#2. Personal Preference

A Texas county court legally married two women under a one-time court order on Thursday, despite the fact that the state currently has a ban on same-sex marriages.

After Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled on Tuesday that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, state District Judge David Wahlberg, two days later, issued an order for Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to grant a marriage license to an Austin lesbian couple due to medical urgency.

Judges are to uphold the law of the land, not lead the way in breaking it. But like the judge who overturned Cal.’s prop. 8, I suspect that this judge had personal reasons why he went against the law he has sworn to uphold.  This act, though it may seem like an act of compassion, it is unjust, favoritism and illegal.  Judges are not installed in their office to spread their personal views on any given issue. They are appointed or elected to be objective and uninterested parties who can make good sound legal decisions after taking into account all the pertinent arguments presented to him or her.

They are not to use their personal feelings whatsoever yet in the case of the same-sex issue, such boundaries are tossed aside in order to provide ‘justice’ to those who refuse to obey the rules. This is ironic because no one tosses aside the boundaries and let their personal feelings let murderers, rapists and other criminals break the rules because the rules are a violation of their supposed civil rights.

You may think that comparison is unfair as homosexuals are not breaking the law but it was only a few short decades ago that they were breaking the laws by practicing their sexual preference. Then even though only true Christians acknowledge this fact, the homosexuals are still criminals in God’s eyes as they violate his laws.

To adjudicate a case correctly, a judge cannot allow his personal feelings invade or influence their decision-making yet time and again, we see that the judges have done just that.  They have ignored the civil rights of the majority, those who have used the democratic process to make their will known, to give to a group of people who are in the minute minority privileges they should not have. Of course, the word ‘minority’ is being used to distort the perspective of many as the homosexual are not a minority in the traditional sense. They are not a people from one nation being oppressed because of their religious beliefs, the color of their skin or nationality.

They are an international group of people who have decided that they do not want to practice sex in the normal and correct manner and pursue those lusts. To say that they are a minority who is being discriminated against is mocking the blacks of the Civil War and pre-Brown v. Education eras, the Chinese of the early 1800s and later decades, the Japanese of WW2 internment camp fame and so many more.

if it wasn’t so serious, it is laughable to hear the homosexual community claim they are being discriminated against when they have access to so much more than those people did and for the most part are treated far better than those groups just mentioned. Wow, they cannot buy flowers or a cake at the shop they want. Oh the travesty of it all. What a joke!  Their travails pale in comparison to what was done to real minorities, especially the blacks who could be killed for merely looking or saying ‘hi’ to a white girl.

What these judges should be doing is looking at the homosexual community and telling them to turn the other cheek, or go to another shop to get their requests filled.  Instead we have judges who have taken it upon themselves to appease this small group of people who practice perversion and use their personal opinions to create injustice across the different western lands.

#3. Pre-Determined Decisions–

In a statement, AFA President Tim Wildmon argued that since Ginsburg and Kagan have both conducted gay marriage ceremonies, their impartiality is disputable.

“Both of these justices’ personal and private actions that actively endorse gay marriage clearly indicate how they would vote on same-sex marriage cases before the Supreme Court,” stated Wildmon.

This troubles me as a judge should not be an avid supporter of any cause if they are going to decide its legality. It is not the judge’s to make changes to culture because they think it is what should be done. Then the real cause of concern is the idea that these judges may have already decided how they are going to rule even though they have not heard any arguments on the matter.

This is not good and it is not justice. It is supporting a cause using one’s authority when that authority is bound from doing just that. This is also not even close to justice or even objectivity for justice demands that all sides be heard.  This idea, if correct, perverts and distorts justice as it says those who oppose same-sex unions do not matter nor do their views.

It is telling everyone that the rules of the legal system do not matter as well and that decisions are made by the personal feelings of those put in charge to preserve real justice so that everyone can live peacefully with their neighbor. In other words, this attitude, if true, is telling everyone that justice depends upon the judge’s personal views and not what is right or wrong, moral or immoral.

It tells us that right and wrong do not matter at all because the judge has decided to toss out the ultimate objective standard and replaced it with their subjective flexible and fluid models. Pre-determining how one will rule means that the justice does not care about anyone but those he favors and that is not what the court system is all about.

We need justices that care about the views of all people, not just those who wish to change the rules so they can feel good about themselves and their practices.

I waited to the end to present God’s view of justice to allow for more impact and being the light unto the world means we stand up for God’s idea of justice. We tell the justices and judges that they are wrong for they error in how they handle this and other issues. They cannot decide to change if no one tells or shows them that there is a better way:

1. Deuteronomy 16:19

You shall not distort justice; you shall not be partial, and you shall not take a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
2. Deuteronomy 16:20

Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
***Believers can use this verse because God has given them a land to live in as well. It is called their homes.
3.1 Chronicles 18:14

So David reigned over all Israel; and he administered justice and righteousness for all his people.
***I like this verse because of the last 3 words. All means all not just the favored few.
4. Matthew 12:18

Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased; I will put My Spirit upon Him, And He shall proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
***He has done so and now it is up to us to continue that proclamation
5. Matthew 23:23

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
6. Colossians 4:1

Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.
Here is a link to 138 verses that talk about justice in some form. Take note at how serious God is about that act and we should take it seriously as well because so many people have suffered from unfairness and injustice
Don’t forget to do your own Bible study on this issue and ask God how you can respond to the problems facing the world because the legal system has been corrupted.
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