Who has more power: the Supreme Court—or you?


The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator’s Office. Public domain.

The Supreme Court ended its 2020 term last week, and CNBC‘s Tucker Higgins spoke for many when he said, “The court continues to issue rulings that fully satisfy nobody.” 

Of course, the reason is probably that satisfying the public is not their job. 

After all, the court exists largely to ensure that the rule of law is not held ransom by the whims of the masses. Still, though, their decisions did fall in line with public opinion on most cases, as FiveThirtyEight‘s Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux described

Within those decisions, moreover, the justices left indications that even the rulings they made this year were not as absolute as they may appear. 

So, whatever you may think about their decisions regarding abortion, protections for LGBT workers, or freedom of religious objection, it seems unlikely that the Court is finished responding to those subjects. In many ways, their rulings this year seemed intended to invite further cases on those topics down the road. 

And those future cases could be far more important than the ones heard this year because there remain a number of questions regarding religious liberty that went unanswered. 

“Christ more than courts”

As Dr. Mark Hall and I discussed on a recent podcast, the role of faith in the founding of America and the writing of the Constitution remains a divisive and often misunderstood subject. That uncertainty plays out in the courts on a frequent basis as well. 

It’s important to remember, however, that while the courts can be used to further God’s kingdom and help guide the…

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