JD: One of the things we often hear in the discussion about the Supreme Court is the matter of Legislating from the bench.
DJ: Legislating from the bench is actually a negative concept because it means deviating from the separation of powers inshrined in the Constitution. The function of the Supreme Court should technically be limiting to ruling on the Constitutionality of those laws and of how they’re applied and enforced. The Supreme Court is supposed to be an impartial body but everyone obviously has their own personal, political, social, moral and I would say ethnical views.
There are two basic philosophies concerning the Constitution that come into play. The Liberal view is that the Constitution is a living breathing document that must be continually interpreted and applied in a way that reflects changing values and norms as society and culture and all. The Conservative view on the other hand is what is referred to as the originalist approach and that means that the Constitution is a fixed document that should be understood and interpreted according to the original intent of the framers. It’s similar to the discussion between liberal and conservative interpretation of the Bible.
JD: How does thinking about the Supreme Court and actually the court system in general affect how a believer, a born again Christian should vote or whether they should vote at all?
DJ: Well let’s think about my last point concerning the Bible and the difference between liberal and conservative interpretations of the Bible. Jimmy you and I see the message of the Bible as inspired, fixed and unchanging so the moral and ethnical standards we find in the Bible doesn’t change over time even though society does change. This means that our interpretation doesn’t change because its based on absolutes that’s the conservative approach. Second, the framers of the Constitution quite intentionally incorporated a lot of Biblical principles into the Constitution and they saw those as absolute trues that had been revealed by God. So their intent was for our country to be forever guided by those principles and that’s why we as Conservatives want originalists Justices on the Supreme Court.
JD: David James discussing with me how the Constitution and the Bible are unchanging documents.
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God’s word the Bible like the United States Constitution is an absolute document. It’s original statements are to be read and interpreted as the writers wrote them in the original, that also applies to the Bible God’s word given to man kind, that’s II Timothy 3:16 & 17. God’s word is inspired, fixed and unchanging. The Bible is truth for today, tomorrow, and forever.