Day 14: April 20th, 2015: 21 Days of Prayer & Fasting for Marriage & for the U.S. Supreme Court
April 20, 2015
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice was born in Bronx, New York, on June 25, 1954. She earned a B.A. in 1976 from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and receiving the university's highest academic honor. In 1979, she earned a J.D. from Yale Law School where she served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal. She served as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office from 1979–1984. She then litigated international commercial matters in New York City at Pavia & Harcourt, where she served as an associate and then partner from 1984–1992. In 1991, President George H.W. Bush nominated her to the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and she served in that role from 1992–1998. She served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1998–2009. President Barack Obama nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on May 26, 2009, and she assumed this role August 8, 2009 (Bios: Official; ScotusBlog; Wiki).
Sonia Sotomayor is a Roman Catholic, born of Puerto Rican parents in Bronx, NY. She is one of six Catholic members of the Supreme Court, while three are Jewish. Justice Sotomayor’s faith has influenced her thinking in that she has demonstrated a special concern for the poor and needy. She also has displayed a lenient view toward illegal immigration, having voted to strike down the Arizona law intended to slow down illegal immigration in that state. Additionally, Sotomayor voted in favor of Obamacare, in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, agreeing with the Court majority that the imposition of Obamacare upon the American people was constitutional because the Constitution gives Congress the power to tax. Justice Sotomayor’s liberal judicial philosophy has been in close agreement with Justices Breyer, Ginsburg and Kagan, and together they composed the 4 vote liberal block in the Court.
As to Religious Liberty, Justice Sotomayor has not been as sympathetic, joining the minority to vote against opening a town council meeting with prayer in Greece v. Galloway. She also voted with the minority in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that the Obama administration scheme to force religious business owners to provide insurance coverage including abortifacient drugs to its employees was constitutional. It seems clear that Sotomayor may not be moved by the constitutional right to religious liberty for Americans with deeply held religious convictions when in conflict with other government interests.
Most importantly for the upcoming marriage case, Justice Sotomayor voted with Justice Kennedy and the liberal block to declare the federal portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional in United States v. Windsor. She apparently agrees with the harsh rhetoric used by Justice Kennedy that the intent of the Congress was to make those who self-identify as homosexuals “second-class” citizens and to deny them (and their children) the “dignity” that same-sex “marriage” would allegedly bring.
Despite biblical teaching, the Catholic Church’s historic teaching against abortion and homosexual behavior, and the current Pope’s pronouncement in favor of marriage and life, Sotomayor has ruled against her faith tradition and teaching in favor of abortifacient drugs, against natural marriage, for special benefits to people based on their sexual choices, and against public expression of religion. There is little reason in the natural realm to believe that she would break from the pack to stand for a state’s right to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. But our job is to pray that she will do precisely that!
- Pray that the Spirit of God will move upon Justice Sonia Sotomayor, using all of the memories of her Catholic family upbringing to bring biblical conviction upon her regarding life, marriage, and religious freedom. (Dt 8:1-20; 2 Cor 10:3-6)
- May the Holy Spirit convict her of sin, righteousness and judgment. May she refrain now and for the rest of her tenure as a justice from supporting any law that forces people to do anything the Bible calls sin and that violates their religious conscience. (Mt 3:6-8; Mark 9:42; John 7:24)
- May she bow before the Lord Jesus now and may He enable her to reverse her unbiblical impact upon public policy and the judiciary. (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12)
- May each of our Supreme Court Justices, if they have not already, come to a saving knowledge of Christ, just as it is written, that in calling us to pray for all who are in authority, God says He wants “all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (Rom 1:16; 2:9-10; 1 Tim 2:1-8)
- May God move Justice Sotomayor to vote for each state’s right to reflect the deeply held faith of a majority of its citizens, especially as expressed by their votes to uphold traditional marriage. May she defend each state’s constitutional right to define marriage as between a man and a woman and to uphold that as the standard for recognizing marriages performed elsewhere. (Mt 19:4-6; Act 5:29; 1 Timothy 3:9)
Thank you for praying!
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