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Scalia's Death and God's Judgment

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The provocative statements made on social media about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death is a sign of the times.

Shortly after news of the conservative judge's death, the Twitter "universe" lit up with over-the-top comments about a man who loyally served on the Supreme Court since his appointment by Ronald Reagan nearly 30 years ago. Keith Olbermann tweeted Scalia's death was an "...Improvement" rather than a loss for America, while activist Dan Savage tweeted he was "Dedicating the rest of this weekend's marital sodomy to the memory of Antonin Scalia," the Blaze reported.

Comments like these really come as no surprise to those who read the Scriptures. The train has left the station and is obviously running on schedule, given you believe Old and New Testament prophesies describing how things will only get worse until God's judgment falls. Those scriptures tell us "there will be a time of great rebellion against God" -- where what's right will be called wrong, and wrong, right -- because people are blind to truth. Pardon my sloppy translation here, but 2 Thessalonians says people will be so obsessed with what God calls evil, he will rub their noses in it -- giving them over to their own desires. They'll temporarily get their way, but in the end their way will get them. It's sort of like the kid who wanted to smoke a cigarette so his parents made him smoke a whole carton, only worse.

When a society gets to the point where there are no moral absolutes, it is impossible to understand the difference between right and wrong. That is why any attempt to inject a scriptural or even a moral argument into the conversation these days is a fool's errand at best.

Even with a conservative like Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court, recent decisions show us the court has long since abandoned scriptural precepts and base opinions on the unfounded idea that the Constitution is a living document worthy of spinning to suit the changing times. Last summer, the 5-4 majority decision legalized gay marriage although Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Antonin Scalia argued that same-sex marriage is not endorsed by the Constitution. In his dissenting opinion, Scalia wrote the majority's opinion lacked "even a thin veneer of law."

Americans are polarized. Everything turns political when moral issues, which shouldn't be decided in the ballot box in the first place, get overturned by judicial decision. Scalia's death gives reason for pause, given his death could allow the Supreme Court wiggle room to make some very big decisions which could radically change America.

Should that happen, what was once moving in the slow lane will have switched to the fast track. Some on social media ask if Scalia's death is part of "God's judgment on America." While only God can answer that question, students of history and Bible prophecy understand that God repeatedly raised up leaders to judge his people for abandoning him. 2 Chronicles 2:14 does promise, though: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Whatever the case, one thing's for sure: God has zero obligation to bless any nation that fails to bless him. While I am not a theologian, I'd dare say it might be time to strap on our seatbelts as we pray, folks. We might be in for a wild ride.

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