President Donald Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. (YouTube/TIME)
President Donald Trump made a historic announcement Monday when he nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. Many conservative evangelicals are excited because this nomination is further evidence that Trump is keeping his word. During his campaign, Trump promised to put conservative judges on the Supreme Court bench, and now he's keeping that promise.
Two weeks ago, MSNBC invited me to speak on its channel about the Supreme Court, which had recently handed down several important cases that conservative Christians supported. For instance, the Supreme Court struck down a California law that required crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion to women who wanted to keep their babies. I got the opportunity to speak with a legal scholar on MSNBC about these court decisions.
My appearance on MSNBC happened to take place the same afternoon Justice Kennedy resigned. When I got home and heard the news, I thought, Had he resigned earlier, of course, that's what we would've talked about. To listen to my comments for yourself, click "read more" at the end of this newsletter and watch the video.
As I mentioned in the interview, the Supreme Court was a huge deal to evangelicals during the presidential campaign. Many evangelicals—and other conservatives—voted for Trump primarily because of the impact this presidency would have on the Supreme Court. Trump promised to put a conservative in the court who would interpret law rather than create it. This is crucial for conservative evangelicals because many of the liberal social laws we see today—legalized abortion and same-sex marriage—were created because liberals couldn't get Congress to pass them. So instead, they got activist judges to rule the way they wanted.
Sadly, there's a lot of animosity in our country, and already, there are those who are vehemently opposing Judge Kavanaugh. But truth be told, they would have opposed anybody Trump had nominated.
So how should we respond? We need to pray. I believe these aren't just political battles; they're spiritual battles too. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers. So I encourage you to ... read more
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