“Blessed are they who observe justice,
who do righteousness at all times!”
– Psalm 106:3
It is nice to be blessed. It is nicer still to know how to consistently obtain blessings. This passage from the Psalms makes it clear how this can be accomplished.
So if it is true that we obtain blessing by observing justice, what are our chances of obtaining blessing as a nation? Are the people we are given to uphold justice likely to do so? No president nominates a person to serve on our highest court whom he thinks will pervert justice. So the discussion then becomes a matter of definitions. What is justice and who has the right to determine what is just?
According to President Obama and his recent nominee for the highest court, Judge Sotomayor, justice equals empathy. This is a very dangerous basis for deciding impartially. Writing in a recent article, Charles Krauthammer, summarizes the flaw of Judge Sotomayor’s philosophy:
Empathy is a vital virtue to be exercised in private life — through charity, respect and loving kindness — and in the legislative life of a society where the consequences of any law matter greatly, which is why income taxes are progressive and safety nets built for the poor and disadvantaged.
But all that stops at the courthouse door. Figuratively and literally, justice wears a blindfold. It cannot be a respecter of persons. Everyone must stand equally before the law, black or white, rich or poor, advantaged or not.
Obama and Sotomayor draw on the “richness of her experiences” and concern for judicial results to favor one American story, one disadvantaged background, over another. The refutation lies in the very oath Sotomayor must take when she ascends to the Supreme Court: “I do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich. … So help me God.”
So what is in store for our land? Are we in store for blessing based on the President’s choice of Ms. Sotomayor. I’m not so confident at this point. What brings me comfort, however, is remembering this prophecy concerning Jesus, the ultimate judge:
He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”
– Matthew 12:19-21