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A judge asked an upset attorney: "Are you trying to show contempt for this court?" The attorney replied, "No, Your Honor. I'm trying my best to hide it." Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States have a very tough job and they deserve our respect and prayers (Romans 13:1-7). That having been said, there are times when we need to step back and remind ourselves that although the Supreme Court is the highest human court in our land, it is by no means the highest court. Not by a long shot. Steve Farrar writes: "Let me say a word about the Supreme Court. They're not. ...They may be the highest court in this land, but there is another Court that is far superior. One day every justice who has served on the Supreme Court of the United States will kneel before The Supreme Court and give an account to the real Chief Justice, the Lion of Judah, for every one of their opinions" (Standing Tall, p 84).

Farrar is right. As high as it is, the Supreme Court of the United States is still a human court that has made some not so supreme and not so smart decisions. On June 25, 1962 the Supreme Court struck down prayer in public schools. On January 22, 1973, the court ruled that God was out of order when He gave the 7th commandment — "Thou shalt not kill." On that day the Court overruled God and Moses and legalized the killing of unborn babies in America by means of abortion. In 1980 the high court decided the rest of the 10 Commandments were out of place in public schoolrooms and ruled that they could not be displayed lest some of the children be led, God forbid, ". . .to read, meditate upon, venerate, and obey, the commandments." Later this year the Supreme Court will rule on whether God can stay in the pledge of allegiance or whether He ought to be booted out of that, too.

Romans 14:10b-11 states a sobering truth we can't toss out: "For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.”  So then each of us shall give account of himself to God." It matters not what the majority says about religion and morality. Neither our conscience, our church, our preacher, the Pope, the President, the ACLU, the Congress, the National Abortion Rights Action League, Queer Nation, nor the Supreme Court of the United States is the final judge. That role is reserved for God. Psalm 82:1 reminds us that God is higher than the highest human court "God presides over heaven's court; He pronounces judgment on the judges" (New Living Translation). There's the supreme Supreme Court!

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ