I find the phrase in our Pledge of Allegiance – “One Nation under God” – most refreshing. We've seen several decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States that have divided America. It behooves me to submit that our Pledge of Allegiance does not read “One Nation under the Supreme Court” for many reasons. The differences between God the Judge, one of His names in the Bible, and the Supreme Court justices are vast and should be noted.
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1. All things are under God’s judgment including the Supreme Court.
While the law of America changes regularly, God’s law has never changed. In the Bible, we read that the concept of law was created by God. The 10 Commandments, which were given to Moses by God, are the very origin of law. Even to date, our government upholds the commandments “Thou shall not kill” and “Thou shall not steal.”
God’s law was written for all mankind, not just America, and it is His judgments that stand. We see multiple times in the Bible that God is the ultimate Judge of rulers (Psalm 82:1). We recognize in our Pledge of Allegiance that we are “One Nation under God” which translates that even the Supreme Court justices have placed themselves under God, the ultimate Judge.
2. God’s judgments are final.
There are many judgments that God makes that no one can change, such as the origin of life, the time of death, nationality of an individual, whether one is born male or female, the map of the stars and planets, the influx of the weather, and the gestational period of humans and animals (Job 38-41). These are just a few judgments that God has given that are final. No man can change them; they are because God saw fit.
Laws that have been set by the Supreme Court can be repealed under the right circumstances. Even the Supreme Court justices themselves have been known to change a law they have put into place. We are “One Nation under God” because we recognize there is a God whose judgments are final.
3. God’s judgments are always based on love.
In 1 John 4:8, we are told, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Every judgment or law God has executed in the Bible is a result of love. He is love. He is not pressured by cultural desires to change because He knows what is best for it.
Anyone who says, “God hates you” clearly doesn’t know God. He made laws and makes judgments based on His love for mankind. He doesn’t rule out of hate. His desire is for you to live an abundant life. The Supreme Court justices are inevitably influence by culture and rule based on their interpretation of the Constitution. Love is not the reason they make rulings – law is.
4. God judges based on knowledge of the past, present and future.
Unlike the Supreme Court justices, who have no knowledge of future events or cultural changes, God knew the laws in the 10 Commandments were good when He gave the law, are good for today and will be good for generations to come.
When He makes a law or a judgment, He takes into account all these three things (Psalm 33). Although ideas may change, He is seeking the good of mankind. He knows the future and operates based upon that.
With the sacred line in our Pledge of Allegiance “One Nation under God,” may we understand that although we are subject to the authority of the Supreme Court ruling, ultimately this nation has submitted itself to a much greater Authority, which is God, Himself.
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