The U. S. Supreme Court Radically Reverses Itself!
We would like to think of the U.S. Supreme Court as a fountainhead of truth, where wise men and women deliberate (hopefully prayerfully) and flawlessly rule on the intent of the Constitution.
If that were true, there would be an ongoing consistency in their decisions. Unfortunately, that has been far from reality.
For example, for most of our nation’s history, the Justices recognized that they were subject to a higher law found in God’s Word. The Court viewed law as President Calvin Coolidge did when he declared, "Men do not make laws, they do but discover them. Laws must be justified by something more than the will of the majority. They must rest upon the eternal foundations of righteousness."
Here are a few of the historic cases that reaffirmed biblical principles:
But in early 1947, an entirely new agenda gripped the Court. In Everson v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment erected a "wall of separation" between church and state which must be kept "high and impregnable." Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, author of the decision, stated, "We could not approve the slightest breach" of that separation. The Court cited no precedent from previous rulings. The case was an official betrayal of America’s Christian heritage.
The Everson case put forth a radically new idea: "separation between church and state" -- a removal of religious principles from government.
Our Founding Fathers placed the First Amendment in the Constitution specifically to prevent such erroneous rulings. The fact that we are a nation based on the Word of God has been restated throughout our history.
From the time of Everson until today, decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court have helped to bring about the greatest decline in American civilization. It was as if the Supreme Court had declared a bloodless revolution in America -- a revolution more subtle than yet just as destructive as the Russian revolution under Lenin. Over the next three decades, we witnessed a stream of liberal court rulings that gradually reshaped who we are as a nation.
Other Supreme Court rulings in the past thirty years have stated:
Since 1947, our tradition of faith and our rich history of allegiance to Almighty God have been systematically stripped away, while most of the church has been slumbering. By officially declaring that America has turned its back on God, the Supreme Court and the majority of our public institutions invited evil into our midst. Thus the battle for America’s soul, which began just a few decades ago and has continued to this day, has changed our fortunes forever.
When fabric unravels it follows a pattern. First a stitch becomes loose. At that point, it is easy to repair the fabric to make it as strong as ever. But if left untended, the loose stitch affects the one next to it. Now the hole is twice as large. From there, many loose threads cause the fabric to completely unravel and fall apart.
We have seen how essential moral stitches in our national fabric have been pulled loose. We did not attend properly to those holes in our moral character. Suddenly, today it seems as if our entire society is unraveling -- from the government to the family.
We desperately need moral and spiritual leadership in this nation, from Washington, D.C to every town and village. But first it must begin in the pulpits.
In the 1830's, French diplomat Alexis de Tocqueville toured America. When his tour had been completed, he made this observation: