While on anniversary getaways with another couple, we would often play guys against the gals board or card games. Our wonderful wives rubbed it in when they won and gave us a difficult time when they lost. It didn’t take long for my buddy and me to realize that we lost even when we won.
The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently handed down two landmark rulings regarding Obamacare and same sex marriage, and what happened was no game. Regardless, of how you side on the issues, much more was at play than conservative versus liberal agendas. In effect, the Constitution of the United States of America was rewritten.
No longer does it matter what language means; nor are bound to follow the rule of law laid out by our forefathers. As a culture we are finally breaking free from the “old monstrosity” of a document that kept us in the cultural dark ages. But little do we realize that the red carpet welcoming the return of feudal mindsets has just been rolled out in dramatic fashion.
For as long as politics have existed, the political process has been awash in sly maneuvering and deliberate arm twisting. But it seems to me that since 9/11, the play for power has known fewer and fewer restraints. (By no means am I singling out either major political party.) But if we are reaching the point where the end justifies practically any means, the once-vibrant spirit of our nation is dying.
Only a few perceptive people seem to realize that the line to the anchor of our civil liberties is being cut strand by strand. The freedom for judicial leaders to rewrite the constitution today means the freedom to take virtually any action tomorrow.
A person may delight to see an umpire flagrantly disregard the rules so that his favorite baseball team wins, but if the practice is allowed to continue, that team will unjustly be declared losers on another day.
Having read a little of pre-Nazi Germany, I can see many similarities with our current political landscape. When well-established fundamental freedoms such as those of speech, religion, press, and arms are abandoned for the sake of situational expediency, the stage is set for tyranny to rise.
Those who believe they won clear victories with this week’s rulings need to understand that their victories will be short lived, for in effect, they too have lost. Eventually, the balance of power will again shift, and the Constitution that once protected their own freedoms will, in effect, be toothless. Only too late will the truth dawn that they have been mere pawns in the timeless struggle for power.
I’m tempted to say that the only real “winners” are those lusting for power who now salivate as they patiently wait for an opportune moment to strike, but there’s more to the story.
God, you see, continues to reign. He didn’t fall off of His throne when the SCOTUS ruled, nor is He wringing anxious hands while contemplating His next move. He’s quite accustomed to this type of power game that the human race has played since its earliest days.
Regardless of what adversities lay ahead for God’s people in our nation, the powerful work of the Holy Spirit will be sufficient through every situation. We can continue to trust that in the end His kingdom will reign supreme.
My greater concern is for those whose entire existence is wrapped up in the systems of this world.