Christians, currently the headlines are focusing on the United States Supreme Court. We have a Judicial System in the US that has levels of courts from small local courts, state courts, federal courts, and at the top of all courts, the final voice of authority is the Supreme Court of the United States (often abbreviated SCOTUS). They set up the court system so that smaller claims/trials would be handled at lower levels. If there was a case that was more difficult, then it worked it’s way up, until it reached the Supreme Court. They would have the final ruling on the matter. I often find it humorous that many people want to keep Biblical views out of the Supreme Court, when it was the Bible that set up the first Supreme Court. Moses was the first Supreme Court Justice.
In Exodus 18 Moses’s father-in-law Jethro came for a visit. He witnessed Moses sitting and hearing “court cases” all day and gave him an outline of how to set up the system of smaller judges ruling over groups of people. If they were good honest men, who knew the law, they could decide simpler matters and Moses would be reserved for the most difficult cases. Whether the founders were aware they were using “the Moses model” or not, I believe they were inspired because it makes the most sense.
The problem with this model, that we are seeing unfold in real time, is that there is no higher standard set. The standard varies with people’s personal beliefs and what is popular with current culture. Thus people want the court to reflect their personal beliefs so that the law enforces their personal beliefs. Ultimately the Supreme Court is to make sure that the laws that congress passes are in alignment with the Constitution, but sometimes outside opinions sway the way people interpret the constitution.
Moses was ruling on God’s law, that is all that mattered, what God said was the ruling. For us as Christians today, this should still be our desire for our Nation, that we are ruled by God, hence “One Nation, UNDER GOD!” People don’t understand why we desire conservative Judges so badly, but we are ultimately hoping that they rule in alignment with the standard of calling “right, right” and “wrong, wrong” no matter what public opinion may say. The liberal side of the court tends to side with the people who want their opinion to be the ruling standard for the law. This can be seen over the years as public opinion changes on things like life, marriage, religious liberties, and the role of God in the nation.
Having a supreme court without a clear and understandable standard of righteousness that we all agree on and uphold creates the scene we are witnessing before us today. The conservatives see a chance to have influence back to ideals that were held as true and reasonable until the last 30 to 50 years. The liberals see a threat to their progressive and ever changing standard that they have enjoyed freely. Hence we have a fight for the power to decide what is right and wrong. We shouldn’t have a division over what is right or wrong. We should fundamentally agree that there are certain things we should all agree on and hold true.
What many people don’t understand is that there is a court system HIGHER than the SCOTUS. I talk about a heavenly court, with the Highest Judge: Jesus. In the book of John, Jesus explains that God has given all power and authority to judge to Him. God does not judge, but everyone will appear before Jesus and be judged according to what they have done, whether good or bad. The result is either eternal life with Him or experience judgement. Jesus does not judge by His own standard, but by God’s standard.
When we understand this as Christians, we must vote and support people who align with God’s standard and not any man made standard. Who we vote for matters, who we support matters, and I believe we will stand before Jesus and be held accountable to what we did on the earth and in the voting booth. The decisions we make dictate policies and practices in the United States. We cannot say we love God and love righteousness and then support platforms, parties, and people that want to eradicate God from the schools, government, courts, laws, and be ruled by what is currently popular.
We must care about our earthly courts, we must support righteous justices that will ultimately uphold righteous decrees. People will say there is no place for God in our government, but the founding Father’s based EVERYTHING on God and the Bible. They knew it was impossible to govern without them. The Word says that: blessed is a nation whose God is the Lord, and we want to be a blessed nation. When people try to say that Jesus would be socialist, remember that socialism is a doorway for communism. Communism wants to remove God and make the government your god. If you look around the world at socialism and communism – they are often places we send missionaries to give them hope. We give them hope that although their physical situation may be horrible, there is hope eternally. They are also some of the most persecuted people, by the government, for their faith.
We were all sinners and guilty, Jesus paid the fine. When we stand before Him, it is as though we never sinned. We need to use that freedom, not to live however we want, but to bring as many people to Him that we can on this earth. Godly countries, Godly governments, and Godly people will draw those hurting and dying to His Kingdom. So when we stand before Jesus as our Judge, it is to receive the rewards due us for the life we lived on this earth. Thank you Jesus, for making us pure and clean in your eyes. Thank you for the country we live in and the opportunity to promote righteousness, even when it may be unpopular. Help us to be shining examples for you in how we speak, act, and vote. May we bring you all the Honor and Glory, and Praise, now and forever in Jesus Name, Amen.
Moses replied, “Because the people come to me to get a ruling from God. When a dispute arises, they come to me, and I am the one who settles the case between the quarreling parties. I inform the people of God’s decrees and give them his instructions.”
“This is not good!” Moses’ father-in-law exclaimed. “You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself. Now listen to me, and let me give you a word of advice, and may God be with you. You should continue to be the people’s representative before God, bringing their disputes to him. Teach them God’s decrees, and give them his instructions. Show them how to conduct their lives. But select from all the people some capable, honest men who fear God and hate bribes. Appoint them as leaders over groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. They should always be available to solve the people’s common disputes, but have them bring the major cases to you. Let the leaders decide the smaller matters themselves. They will help you carry the load, making the task easier for you. If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.”
Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions. He chose capable men from all over Israel and appointed them as leaders over the people. He put them in charge of groups of one thousand, one hundred, fifty, and ten. These men were always available to solve the people’s common disputes. They brought the major cases to Moses, but they took care of the smaller matters themselves. Judges 18:15-26 (NLT) (emphasis added)
For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body. II Corinthians 5:10 (NLT)
In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, He has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent Him. I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will. John 5:22-23, 30 (NLT)
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance. Psalm 33:12 (NIV)
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2020