Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Trump announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Religious leaders are lining up in support of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Below are statements from some of America’s leading pastors and evangelical leaders.
Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church: “This is a great day for American jurisprudence and for every American who cares about the future of our nation’s highest court and particularly the sanctity of human life. In Judge Barrett, President Trump has found a jurist who is not only committed to interpreting the law as our Founders originally intended but also to her faith. Yet again, President Trump has kept his promises to our country.”
Greg Laurie, Evangelist, pastor, and founder of Harvest Crusades and Ministries: “On this historic day, I would like to congratulate Judge Barrett on her nomination to the Supreme Court. Judge Barrett is a brilliant jurist whose commitment to American jurisprudence is only matched by her commitment to her faith. Let us pray that God will grant her wisdom and insight as she soon joins our nation’s highest court.”
Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference: “As president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, I want to give my wholehearted congratulations to Judge Barrett for her nomination to the Supreme Court and I call upon the U.S. Senate to expeditiously confirm her. I would be pressed to find a more fitting candidate. Once again, President Trump has exceeded our expectations by nominating a judge committed to the original intent of the Constitution. With this nomination, President Trump is building a judicial firewall around our Constitution.”
Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention: “I have long respected Judge Barrett, not only as a highly accomplished jurist but also as an adoptive parent active in the advocacy for adoption and for special needs children. As she goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee, I’m confident she will lay out a thoughtful defense of commitment to the constitution and the proper limits of judicial authority in our system of government.
“As a son of Mississippi Gulf Coast, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out this is a nomination of a New Orleans-born judge who grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, which is perhaps one reason why I have paid attention to her career for years. There is no question that Judge Barrett is qualified by intellectual acumen and years of experience to serve on the highest court in the land. I am praying for her, her family, and our nation in what are sure to be tumultuous days in the weeks ahead for the entire country.”
Jason Yates, CEO of My Faith Votes: “On behalf of My Faith Votes and millions of Christians who believe in America’s founding Judeo-Christian principles, I want to congratulate Judge Barrett for her nomination to the Supreme Court. President Trump has picked a stellar candidate with a proven track record to uphold God-given unalienable rights as protected in our Constitution, including freedom of religion, the right to live out one’s faith in the public square, and sanctity of human life. We need justices who are committed to judging according to the original intent of the drafters of our Constitution, instead of picking and choosing which constitutional rights matter and which ones don’t. With Judge Barrett, the Supreme Court will gain another justice who is devoted to preserving the spirit of the Constitution and the inalienable rights enshrined in it.
“Yet Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination stresses the importance of not only the upcoming presidential election but also the election of Senators who will also protect and preserve our Constitution. Every single Christian in America must understand that their faith matters, and their vote matters; it has something essential to contribute in these elections.”
Mike Huckabee, honorary national chairman of My Faith Votes: “President Trump has made the right choice in selecting Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice. Judge Barrett has a proven record as a jurist who judges according to what the Constitution says, not according to opinion or preference. Our Founders intended for the Supreme Court to have a simple job: to rule on whether laws passed by the people’s representatives and signed by their elected president were constitutional.
“Unfortunately, through judicial activism, we have allowed nine unelected judges who serve for life to become the equivalent of a monarchy, dictating laws from the bench, finding things in the Constitution that aren’t there and ignoring things that plainly are, and substituting their personal beliefs for the Constitution and the wishes of the people. Thankfully, President Trump has been correcting course, first appointing Justice Neil Gorsuch and then Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the bench. With the addition of this new justice, the future of our court, and of American jurisprudence, is in good hands.”
Rev. Johnnie Moore: “President Trump has selected the perfect candidate for the most important judicial seat in a generation, or more. When the Senate confirms Judge Barrett it will represent a sea change on the Supreme Court, giving conservatives a supermajority.
“Senator Feinstein’s bigoted attack on Amy Coney Barrett during her previous confirmation hearing was exhibit A as to why this appointment is so consequential. It also demonstrates clearly all that is at stake on November 3.”
Jentezen Franklin, senior pastor of Free Chapel: “Amy Coney Barrett has proven to be a principled and fair-minded judge, and she doesn’t legislate from the bench. Every American can rest assured their right to life and liberty will remain a top priority in the eyes of Judge Barrett. I commend President Trump for picking this qualified, intelligent, and compassionate woman as his nominee. Well done.”
James Dobson, founder, and president of the Dr. James Dobson Family Institute: “This is a significant moment in history. The judicial branch is at a crossroads, as our judges face ever-increasing pressure to make law rather than interpret law. Too often they have succumbed to that pressure, functioning as super-legislators rather than neutral arbiters.
“We need judges who will understand and embrace their constitutionally-prescribed role. Amy Coney Barrett is considered by many to be such an individual. I pray that our elected officials in the Senate act swiftly and responsibly to give Judge Barrett a fair hearing and to vote based on her merits, not on her perceived politics or religious beliefs. They should remember that Article VI of our Constitution forbids any religious test on a nominee for public service.
“It is time for the judicial branch to resume its rightful place in our system of government. It should never again operate as an unchecked legislative branch, but rather as a faithful interpreter of our Constitution and laws. We the people deserve no less, and no more.”
Dr. Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of the Christian Counselors: “President Trump has done it again. The Supreme Court serves as the ultimate layer of protection for our fundamental American freedoms. With Amy Coney Barrett giving the originalists a supermajority, millions of Americans can sleep easier.”
Jeff Hunt, director of The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University: “Congratulations to Judge Barrett for the historic honor of being nominated to the Supreme Court. We believe she will make a phenomenal addition to the nation’s highest court. We appreciate President Trump’s openness in providing a list of proposed Supreme Court nominees for the public’s evaluation and wish each presidential candidate would do so to give the public a better sense of the judicial philosophy being promoted. We believe Judge Barrett will commit to interpret the law based on the original intent of the Constitution, a Strategic Priority of Colorado Christian University. It’s vitally important at this time for the nation’s highest court to be committed to the fundamental principles of separation of powers and interpreting law, rather than imposing other values onto the Constitution. We believe Amy Coney Barrett’s record of jurisprudence and originalism will ensure a historic bulwark against the present-day elements that threaten our fundamental freedoms.”
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It is time to act, for that which we have been anticipating and waiting for so long is now upon us.
Yes, the Lord God Almighty, the One seated on His heavenly throne, had His Hebrew prophets speak centuries ago to His people of this time.
So, what is happening that you and me need to be so observant of?
The nation of Israel was rebirth in 1948.
The city of Jerusalem was united in 1967.
The Holy Spirit has been poured out on the nations, as signs and wonders reveal His power and glory in our time.
The One New Man is coming together, as Jews and Gentiles, believers in Jesus Christ, Yeshua HaMashiach, unite.
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Yes, it is time. It is time to act.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People ministry
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Steve Martin, Founder/President, Love For His People, Inc. Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Aug. 15, 2020
Therefore, the focus of conservative activists such as Ralph Reed is on court appointments in the Senate and working with the administration on executive action such as the Department of Health and Human Services’ latest conscience protection. The Faith and Freedom Coalition has a full team of lobbyists in Washington who work on these issues every day. Reed told me he and others are meanwhile building infrastructure and getting ready for 2020. “I want to turn out the biggest Christian vote in U.S. history in 2020,” he said.
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The attacks that have left Christians in a defensive mode are only getting worse. Even respected thinker and author David Horowitz warns that the rising attacks on Christians and their beliefs threaten all Americans—including Jews such as himself. His book Dark Agenda: The War to Destroy Christian America should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand objectively what is going on in our mixed-up culture.
First, he lays down how radicalism began in the 1960s as activists started implementing Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. Horowitz explains that was when Democrats started showing their hatred for their political opponents, a departure from traditional American dissent. They began dehumanizing and delegitimizing anyone—including Bible-believing Christians—who disagreed with their left-wing, socialist agenda. Horowitz wrote:
“Stigmatizing one’s opponent is a classic radical tactic. It is the 13th rule of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.” Attack your opponents personally and cut them off from any possibility of sympathy. That is why radicals paint their political opponents as homophobes, xenophobes and Islamophobes. They’re not just good-but-misguided people whose religious convictions have led them to a contrasting viewpoint. They are bad people possessed by irrational fears of ‘the others’ because they are different.”
These dehumanizing terms became cultural norms by the 1990s when political correctness came on the scene—and it applied to everything, not just politics. Today political correctness has gotten so out of control it borders on the ridiculous. For instance, as I write this, Berkeley, California, has just banned the use of gender-specific words such as “manhole” and “manpower” from its municipal code and requires the terms to be replaced with “maintenance hole” and “human effort.” And I recently heard on the radio that in San Francisco, the homeless must now be called “urban campers.” I couldn’t confirm that later, so maybe someone made it up. But it shows how ridiculous things have become.
Fighting for Common Sense
When I interviewed him for this book, conservative radio talk show host Dennis Prager shared a sentiment about political correctness similar to Horowitz’s. “The Left are Orwell’s friends,” he said. “They won’t say ‘illegal immigrant’—you can’t even use the title ‘illegal alien.’ Rather, it’s ‘undocumented immigrant.’ They might as well call bank robberies ‘undocumented withdrawals.'”
Donald Trump might not be the first politician to claim to stand up to political correctness, but he definitely took the fight to a whole new level. He wasn’t an ideological conservative as much as he was just a street fighter for common sense. Trump’s only ideology seems to be patriotism, as Horowitz points out.
During his campaign this was manifest in his concern about not only the state of the country but also the short shrift America had been given in global trade deals, the trillions wasted in foreign wars for which there was no gain and what Horowitz calls the “porous state of its borders and the precarious condition of its security. [Indeed] his campaign themes made his patriotism clear: “Make America prosperous again, make America safe again, make America strong again, make America great again.”
He goes on to say that the “haters on the left, in the Democratic Party and the media generally, have twisted Trump’s patriotism and condemned it as jingoistic and bigoted bravado.” They’ve done the same by extension to his supporters, many of whom are evangelical Christians. I’ve observed that even though Jewish people often don’t understand the evangelical subculture, Horowitz is a clear thinker who accurately wrote: “Anyone sympathetic to the unapologetic patriotism of religious people could understand why they were solidly for Trump, despite his flaws.”
Horowitz wraps up his book by explaining that Trump seemed to empathize with this community of Christians under attack because he seemed to understand that the same attacks imperiled America’s social contract. And Bible-believing Christians in turn continue to support Trump through thick and thin going into the 2020 election because they know that with his election in 2016, what Horowitz calls “the long night of weak Republican leadership and inadequate defense of the Republic was over.”
We Can’t Get Complacent
Since Trump’s election the crazy extremes of the Left make you wonder if it is shooting itself in the head. And if it is, in a way, that’s a good thing. It’s like the maxim that paraphrases Napoleon: “Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself.” But if the Left is destroying itself with no vision other than socialism or opposition to Trump, our side must still never become complacent.
“We can’t be like a head football coach who gets up in the locker room before the big game and tells the team, ‘Hey, don’t worry. We’re going to win by four touchdowns,'” Reed opined. “No, you should tell them that this game may easily be decided by a field goal with a second left on the clock. Play like that. Play like every single snap could determine the difference between victory and defeat. I don’t want anybody going into 2020 thinking we’ve got it in the bag. I think that was one of the big mistakes Hillary Clinton and the Democrats made in 2016. They were overconfident. They underestimated their opposition, and they paid for it.”
The Democrats will definitely bring their A game to the 2020 election, and as I discuss in the next chapter, that’s why Christians need to be aware of all the reasons Trump could lose.