It's All About the Judges

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Sep 28, 2007

In this new era of 24 hour continuous news, speculation is rampant about who will be the nominees from both major parties next November. Last week, James Dobson caused quite a stir with his pointed email announcing his refusal to support Fred Thompson, seriously wounding the Thompson candidacy if not fatally so. Just days before that, Mike Huckabee provided another stunning example of his growing strength among evangelical voters with his strong showing at the Value Voters debate and straw poll in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney seems to be doing all the right things in early primary states where his polling numbers are strongest, making his candidacy viable even though many values voters doubt the legitimacy of his conservative values.

And then there’s Senator McCain--whom every God fearing American admires for his courage under fire and the price he paid for our freedoms as he languished in a Vietnamese prison camp for years. Unfortunately, bad advice during the 2000 campaign led to a denunciation of the religious right which some of us will never forget, and while he has sought and received forgiveness for that his assault on the American voters through McCain-Feingold has proved to be one transgression too many in the minds of most grass roots activists.

And lastly there’s Mayor Giuliani, who in my opinion is the best Democrat to ever wear a Republican mantle. With his pro-gay, pro-choice values he continues to stun most of us on the front lines of the culture wars as he piles up money and endorsements from the party of pro-life and pro-family values, causing many value voters to lose heart and interest in showing up in the fall.

To all of that I say emphatically, “Grow UP!!!” When I hear my friends, and people I admire, saying that they will either stay home or go to a third party, I lose my patience. Five years ago I stepped out of a good pastorate to devote my full attention to educating pastors and congregations on what Christian citizenship truly means and teach them why Christians, of all people, should and must stay engaged. Now some of the men who most inspired me to get involved are acting like our movement is dead and the cause is lost.

And most remarkably, they are acting that way when we are the closest we have ever been to victory. We are arguably one vote short of overturning Roe v Wade and over thirty years of judicial activism which has decimated our country. The next president will likely appoint a minimum of two justices to the Supreme Court. Justice Stevens is 87 Years old and his health is failing. Justice Ginsburg is 74 and battling cancer. Many court observers believe these two justices are holding on now in the hope that a liberal president who shares their views for America will be in place in ‘08 to name their successors. I am committed to seeing to it that they are disappointed in that hope.

I have often said I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat, but I am a Christocrat--and I hold fast to my belief that God’s Word is true and that He birthed the vision that became America. It was judges, not the people, who assaulted prayer and Bible reading in our public schools in the early 60s. And it was judges who decided that the school house and the court house was no place to post the Ten Commandments, not the people. And it was judges, not the people, who found a right of privacy in the U.S. Constitution that opened the door to abortion on demand and gay marriage.

The next president will determine whether our courts return to their constitutionally mandated responsibilities and cease legislating from the bench, or continue to erode America’s long held biblical traditions. And I for one do not intend to sit idly by and allow evil to triumph because good men choose to do nothing--or worse, do the wrong thing.

I have often said in speeches to churches, “the only thing worse than not voting, is voting without a clue as to what you are voting for.” When it comes time for the ‘08 elections, we must be armed with truth and determined to vote our values. If enough of us do that, we will get a president who will make the right choice when it comes to nominating judges. In ’08, it’s all about the judges!

So, what’s a value voter to do? Wait, watch and pray. God will give us his man in his time. We may have to hold our nose as we vote in ‘08, but we must and we will vote. And if perchance we don’t get everything we desire, we must stay engaged or America is lost. And we must not forget that this election is not just about the presidency. There are good men and women up and down the line who deserve our support and our prayers.

The last time I checked, the fat lady had not yet sung. Stay tuned and fight the good fight.

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