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The Supreme Court: Arbiter of Social Conflicts?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Supreme Court: Arbiter of Social Conflicts?

Listen to this lead sentence on the front page of yesterday's Washington Post: "The supreme Court on Monday resumes its role as the uneasy arbiter of America's intractable social conflicts with a new docket that features battles over affirmative action, campaign finance and abortion, among other divisive issues." One of those divisive issues is whether legislative bodies can invite clergy or anyone else to open their sessions in prayer.

The Supreme Court has become an arbiter of social conflicts for one reason: We have forgotten God.

Consider the translations and paraphrase of one verse among many. Proverbs 29:18 in the King James Version: "Where there is no vision, the people perish, but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." The NIV says, "Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom's instruction." The New Living says, "When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild, but whoever obeys the law is joyful."

The Supreme Court has become an arbiter because we have forgotten the Supreme Judge.

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: October 8, 2013