Day 14 - Judicial System
“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” -Amos 5:24
In the United States, judges are asked to set aside gender or racial prejudice, personal experience and emotion when hearing a case and to look specifically at the law in making a decision; however, this is not always reflected in today’s court decisions. Re-creating and changing the meaning of the Constitution and our laws is a prime example of the corruption that runs rampant through our judicial system.
AREAS TO CONSIDER
- First Amendment violations
More and more cases have been making headlines over the last few years regarding what is considered a violation of the Church’s right to free speech. For example, last year a humanist group in Lake Elsinore, California, successfully halted the construction of a memorial to fallen soldiers depicting a cross on it in a city-owned baseball stadium, citing that it violated the separation of church and state. This wrongly-interpreted part of the constitution only aids the eroding of our nation’s Christian principles and, when backed by judges who may possess anti-Christian biases, makes it very difficult to win these cases. (1)
- In the United States, organizations such as the ACLU
(American Civil Liberties Union), which claims to be a non-partisan
interest group, have a history of pushing homosexual agenda
items into courtrooms, bringing lawsuits and cases which challenge
traditional marriage and family values. Oftentimes the courts rule in
favor of these agendas, meanwhile costing believers and their businesses
thousands of dollars in fees.
- Roe v. Wade
While the Constitution clearly prohibits the state from depriving “any person of life, liberty, or property,” justices created new precedents to include abortion within the parameters of privacy.
- Two Christian bakers in Oregon were recently convicted of
violating the civil rights of a gay couple when they declined to bake a
cake for their wedding. They were fined over a hundred thousand dollars
for their “crime.” (2)
- There have been recent cases of federal judges overruling state marriage laws by lifting bans on same-sex marriages. Although federal law is higher than state law, the fact that the majority of these states’ citizens favor biblical marriage demonstrates the unwillingness of many federal judges to respect state rights and legislation and, instead, favor ungodly agendas.
Father God, I ask that You would forgive me if I have, in any way, been unjust to other people. I also repent for any way that I have treated others wrongly just because they have differing viewpoints or beliefs from my own. Help me to love all people regardless of their beliefs.
Oh God, we know how important justice is to Your heart. On behalf of our nation, we repent for voting for unjust judges who rule according to personal opinion instead of moral truth. Forgive us for allowing corruption and injustice to preside within our courts. By Your justice, we ask that You would expose corruption in our judicial system.
- Pray for our justices and judges to pursue righteousness that transcends earthly measures of justice. (Proverbs 28:2)
- Pray for our lawmakers to create laws would truly reflect divine truth and justice. (Proverbs 29:18)
- Pray for the protection of godly people who are brought to court unjustly. (Isaiah 41:10)
- Pray for ungodly agendas that are being advanced in the judicial system to be completely defeated. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
- Pray that God would expose all corruption in the judicial system. (Ephesians 5:13)
Is the Lord calling you to be a part of the lawmaking or judicial process?
- Stand against community initiatives (such as NDOs:
Non-discrimination ordinances) which force endorsement of immoral
activity and create avenues for frivolous lawsuits against Christians.
- Take an active role in the lawmaking process by running for
your local school board, city council, county commission, state
legislature, or other local office.
- Lend a hand to those who are targeted by corrupt lawsuits or civil complaints.
- Hoilman, Carly. ‘A Violation of the
First Amendment’: Secular Group’s Lawsuit Stops War Memorial From Being
Displayed. TheBlaze.com. 17 July 2013. http://www.theblaze.com/
stories/2013/07/17/a- violation-of-the-first- amendment-secular-groups- lawsuit-stops-war-memorial- from-being-displayed/
- Chumley, Cheryl. “Christian baker
hounded by gays to close shop: My faith in God ‘has grown’.” Washington
Times. 5 September 2013. Web. 24 July 2014. http://www.washingtontimes.
com/news/2013/sep/5/christian- baker-hounded-gays-close-shop- my-faith-g/?page=all