Day 11: April 17th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court
April 17, 2015
My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both? Pr 24:21-22
Dear Praying Friends,
John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States
Justice Roberts was born in Buffalo, New York, January 27, 1955. He married Jane Marie Sullivan in 1996 and they have two children - Josephine and Jack. He received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1976 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1979. He served as a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1979–1980 and as a law clerk for then-Associate Justice William H. Rehnquist of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1980 Term. He was Special Assistant to the Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1981–1982, Associate Counsel to President Ronald Reagan, White House Counsel’s Office from 1982–1986, and Principal Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice from 1989–1993. From 1986–1989 and 1993–2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. President George W. Bush nominated him as Chief Justice of the United States, and he took his seat September 29, 2005 (Bios: Official, ScotusBlog, Wiki).
Having spent two decades in Washington, DC serving in the Reagan and both Bush administrations, Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush to fill the Seat of Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who had suddenly passed away. Roberts was considered a staunch conservative, especially on pro-life policy, which he had written during his work for Presidents Reagan and Bush. Under George W. Bush, Roberts had signed a legal brief urging the court to overturn Roe v. Wade. Christians prayed and worked fervently for his confirmation.
When grilled by Senate Democrats as to whether the pro-life memos he wrote represented his own views, he answered that as “a staff lawyer; I didn't have a position." He went on to say, “There is nothing in my personal views that would prevent me from fully and faithfully applying that precedent of [Roe v. Wade or] Casey." Senate Democrats had enough votes to filibuster any nominee, and the confirmation process for any pro-life nominees was like treading a mine field.
Chief Justice Roberts has not strayed far from his conservative history, but he shocked the country by becoming the swing vote to uphold Obamacare, agreeing with the administration that “it was a tax” and thus constitutional because Congress has authority to tax. This is despite the fact that Obamacare was sold by the President and its Congressional authors as raising no new taxes. So Chief Justice Roberts and the Supreme Court aided and abetted what many in America believe was a massive tax mandate on the American people.
But Roberts stood firm against overturning any part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which points to a likely constitutional view of the questions the court will hear argued on April 28th.
- Pray that Chief Justice Roberts will be a Chief Justice on whom we can count to be strong, never “given to change” on natural marriage.
- May he in no way be swayed by his colleagues who view the Constitution as a “living document,” rather may he remain firm in his stand for the Constitution and for natural marriage just as every justice in history has until recently.
- Pray that God will give Chief Justice Roberts unusual courage and anointing to lead while remaining a peacemaker among his colleagues on the Court.
- May the Roberts Court be remembered for holding the line on marriage and preventing catastrophe for America’s families, especially our children!
Thank you for praying!