Debate Takeaway 1 – Supreme Court and Life :: by Bill Wilson

Fox News’ Chris Wallace opened the last presidential debate by asking the candidates where they would like the Supreme Court to take the country and what the candidates view was on interpreting the Constitution-based on the Founders’ words or as a living document to “be applied flexibly according to changing circumstances?”

This could be the most pivotal issue of the campaign because the 1-3 possible Supreme Court appointments by the next president will establish the direction of the country for the next generation; people, understand—THE NEXT GENERATION. The answers these candidates gave to this question is a true barometer of how Christians should determine their individual vote.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton said, “I feel that at this point in our country’s history, it is important that we not reverse marriage equality, that we not reverse Roe v Wade, that we stand up against Citizens United, we stand up for the rights of people in the workplace, that we stand up and basically say: The Supreme Court should represent all of us.”

In other words, while she didn’t say it, she believes the Supreme Court should represent people not the Constitution. Her position is to undermine traditional marriage and continue infanticide. The Clinton view of the Supreme Court is of legislating a progressive (translate: communistic) agenda from the bench, upholding invented rights by twisting the Constitution’s words.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answered directly: “The justices that I’m going to appoint will be pro-life. They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the Second Amendment. They are great scholars in all cases, and they’re people of tremendous respect. They will interpret the Constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted.”

There is no doubt where Trump stands on abortion when it comes to the Supreme Court. This issue has been the traditional Christian litmus test of candidates since Roe vs. Wade was decided in 1973. The right to life is a basic tenet of our free society and due to the Supreme Court legislating from the bench, America has killed over 50 million babies in the womb.

Herein is a stark contrast of the candidates. Clinton favors abortion on demand, the destruction of traditional marriage, and a Supreme Court that interprets the Constitution based on representation of the people, or what is deemed today as “political correctness.”

Trump supports the rights of the unborn, which is consistent with the Declaration of Independence underscoring the basic God-given right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. This is also consistent with his position on the Second Amendment to be able to defend life.

On this issue alone, no one calling themselves a Christian should be unclear. Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth as witness this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”


Have ablessed and powerful day!

Bill Wilson