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06 July 2005
  Put not Your Trust in Princes ...
... in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. (Psalm 146:3 ESV)

As a political, social, and religious creature, I'm all a-twitter over the coming nomination from President Bush for the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice O'Connor. I'd be more than happy if the nation finally had an Hispanic Justice of the Supreme Court. However, the long track record of predicting the behavior of justices after their confirmations makes me wonder how Alberto Gonzales would vote on life issues and other religion-based cases.

I firmly believe that the Psalmist had it nailed when he said, "Put not your trust in princes." It doesn't matter whether they're elected, appointed, or rule because of inheritance or strength of arms, even the most godly rulers often act in a manner unlike a Christian. Of course, so do the rest of us!

Therefore, I don't look for an abortion panacea, no matter whom nor how many the President appoints to the Court. On the other hand, that doesn't stop me as an informed and concerned citizen who also cares deeply about religion in the marketplace from praying for my rulers, while also lauding their good and addressing their wrongs.

I continue to hate abortion and would truly celebrate were it once more banished from our national consciousness. Still, I'll not hold my breath waiting for such a blessed even to happen: If I did so, I'd almost certainly turn bluer than a Smurf before my prayers were answered.

Please, dear Heavenly Father, let me be wrong.
 
Comments:
Well stated, my four-legged friend! ;-)

While we need to zealously work within our vocation as citizens, we must also be aware that such is in the Kingdom of the Left. Thus, it cannot (and we must not expect it to) be just like the Kingdom of the Right.

IOW, we should fulfill our duties as citizens with the best of intentions, but never expect that we'll achieve ultimate success.

-ghp
 
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