According to David Schultz, a constitutional law expert, Supreme Court justices are permitted to serve until they die because “they’re supposed not to be watching election returns, not following what the people necessarily say, but doing what the law requires and what is supposed to be right.” Of course, some states permit people to elect local judges. Yet our entire system depends on judges acting impartially and fairly, a principle rooted in our Judeo-Christian tradition. We read this in 2 Chronicles chapter 19, “[Jehoshaphat] appointed judges throughout the nation in all the fortified towns, and he said to them, ‘Always think carefully before pronouncing judgment. Remember that you do not judge to please people but to please the LORD. He will be with you when you render the verdict in each case. Fear the LORD and judge with integrity, for the LORD our God does not tolerate perverted justice, partiality, or taking bribes” (vv. 5–7). When you stop to think about it, most of the chaos and conflict in the world stems from either real or imagined unfairness. Jesus Christ expects His followers to model and promote justice among all people everywhere—locally, nationally, and globally.
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