JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBURG’S DEATH AND SPARKING POLITICAL TUMULT
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, died at 87 from Pancreatic cancer last Friday, in her home and surrounded by family. Her death has initiated a fierce partisan battle over whether President Donald Trump should be permitted to replace her with his own pick, with just five weeks remaining until the general election, or if whoever is elected on Nov. 3 should be able to appoint a new justice.
“Our nation has lost a justice of historic stature,” Chief Justice John Roberts said. “We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her, a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”
She was a primary architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970’s. Ginsburg was also the first female Jewish Supreme Court justice, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, and the first justice to officiate a same-sex marriage. Additionally, she was a liberal and a democrat.
Ginsburg’s death will inevitably set in motion what promises to be a nasty and tumultuous political battle over who will succeed her, and it thrusts the Supreme Court vacancy into the spotlight of the presidential campaign. President Trump desires to appoint a replacement before the election, whereas many other Americans, particularly democrats, desire to wait until after the general election for the decision to be made.
My Message for You:
Beloved, perhaps you may be deeply affected by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as she was a prime example of women empowerment. However, never allow yourself to become and remain discouraged, for the Bible does say that “the glory of [the] latter house shall be greater than of the former” (Hag. 2:9). Child of God, do you know what this means? Through his own oracle, Jesus Christ is speaking in the book of Haggai that what is to come is greater than what has already passed.
Therefore, I must encourage you dear one that it does not matter what has already happened in your nation or the world at large, our God is known and famous for doing a new thing. Have faith, remain encouraged at all times, and never settle. Always move forward and keep your eyes ahead, never being dismayed by what goes on around you. Ps. 18:29 reads “for by thee I have run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” Since Christ lives in us, we can do all things through his might and power, and that most definitely includes success in our own households, even in the midst of difficult political times!
- Comment below on your thoughts of the American political climate right now. How are you doing in the midst of all that is happening? (Communal discussions are highly encouraged! Let’s interact with each other in the midst of this social distancing era.)