Justice, Jesus style
The headlines are screaming full of back and forth volleys related to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. How can Christians enter into those conversations in ways that honor Jesus?
Four questions Christians can use to begin to redeem the conversation:
- From your perspective, what are the qualifications for a judge? Where does that list of qualifications come from – or, how did you arrive at that view?
- Follow-up: When I think about a judge, I think ultimately about God. The Declaration of Independence actually bears witness to the foundation of natural law which is law set in human hearts by the lawgiver who is God. (Your reference here is the 2nd sentence of the Declaration of Independence which reads: “We hold these truths to be self–evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”)
- Another followup option: When I think about judges, I actually think about a guy named Solomon from the Bible. He wrote the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. He was the king of Israel and he built the temple in Jerusalem. But he was also a judge who showed incredibly good judgement because he had the very wisdom of God. It seems to me that wisdom is the chief characteristic of a good judge.
- What does it mean to show good judgement and how are we to judge whether or not Brett Kavanaugh would be a good judge? Everyone is making judgement calls all the time. Moment by moment decision-making requires judgement. We judge whether or not a person shows good judgement by the outcome or consequences of their decisions. So, what are the outcomes of Judge Kavanaugh’s decisions to this point?
- Follow-up: Ultimately, the question of good or bad judgement comes down to how you define good and bad. Jesus defined good as that which is of God – or Godly. Good is one of only three transcendental virtues: Goodness, Beauty and Truth.
- Is the Constitution a living document or should it be interpreted by the justices of the Supreme Court in alignment with its original meaning and intent?
- Follow-up: How does that compare to how you interpret the Bible as a Christian?
- Have you ever been to court and stood in front of a judge?
- Follow-up: The Bible says that one day we will each stand before the judgement seat of God. That can either feel like a terrifying threat or a great comfort. It all depends on whether or not you’re guilty. I know I’m not perfect and I’m so thankful that I won’t be standing there alone! Jesus Christ not only took the penalty for my sin, He also pleads my case before the Father. What’s your plan for judgement day? If you’re planning on self-representation, can I persuade you to call in The Wonderful Counselor?
Christian attorney John Mauck joined me for a conversation about Jesus in the Court Room, law as a Christian vocation, the Lawyers for Jesus radio program and introduced me to a ministry called CourtsideMinistries.org. If you want to be more fully equipped for the legal conversations of the day and learn how to support Christians in legal professions, listen here.