When the governments of men declare “legal” what God has declared “criminal,” the result has consequences in numerous ways in the lives of men -- and children. Such is the case with homosexual sex.
On May 1, a county judge from southern Kentucky, W. Mitchell Nance, announced that he would not hear cases where homosexuals want to adopt children. He says he cannot do so as it is “a matter of conscience.”
The U. S. Supreme Court can say something as lame and ridiculous -- not to mention perverse and egregious -- as “two men or two women can marry,” and all of America bows down and submits. But this judge declares he will not participate in their charade and everyone points and says, “he can’t do that.”
He CAN do it. He HAS done it. And he ought to have done it. And so should every magistrate in America who has any love or honor for God.
Western Civilization was built upon the premise that when the governments of men make a law which is contrary to God’s law, it is no law at all.
Western Man viewed God’s law as the “higher law” to which all men and all governments of men are accountable. Whether you read Alfred the Great in the 9th century, or John of Salisbury in the 12th century, or William Blackstone in the 18th century, they all viewed the law of God as the “higher law” by which the laws of men were judged to be either right or wrong, just or unjust, moral or immoral.
William Blackstone (1723-1780) is the most cited legal scholar in the writings of America’s Founding Fathers. He was a British jurist who wrote a four-volume work entitled Commentaries on the Laws of England (1766). His Commentaries are the bedrock of American jurisprudence.
Blackstone referred to God’s law as “those superior laws,” and stated that “upon these two foundations, the law of nature and the law of revelation [God’s written law], depend all human laws; that is to say, no human laws should be suffered to contradict these.”
We can be sure that when Blackstone spoke of “those superior laws” that “no human laws should be suffered to contradict” he was speaking of God’s law as revealed in the Bible. He went on to write:
“It [God’s law] is binding over all the globe in all countries, and at all times: no human laws are of any validity, if contrary to this; and such of them as are valid derive all their force and all their authority, mediately or immediately, from this original. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are found only in the Holy Scriptures.”
Blackstone went on to say, “Man, considered as a creature, must necessarily be subject to the laws of his Creator, for he is entirely a dependent being.”
Blackstone was simply acknowledging what Western Man knew to be true: that the law of God was the objective standard for Western Civilization to whom all men and all governments of men were accountable.
Since the Supreme Court declared sodomy to be decriminalized in 2003, the federal beast has busied itself with a plethora of public policy changes to expand its homosexualization of America. This includes handing children over to sexually depraved men and women.
God’s law defines homosexual acts as criminal and lawless. Scripture resolutely condemns such behavior. When the magistrates make law, policy, or court opinion which impugns and contradicts the law of God, they abandon their God-given function and unleash lawlessness upon society. The duty of individual government officials in the midst of such lawlessness is not to go along with the evil -- but to defy it; to interpose against it.
Judge Nance is doing exactly that: he is simply doing his duty in the sight of God. He refuses to join the other government officials in their rebellion against God. He cannot in good conscience place children in houses where sexual outlaws reside.
We should honor and encourage this just magistrate.
“He who rules over men must be just; ruling in the fear of God.” - 2 Samuel 23:3.
Matthew Trewhella is the pastor of Mercy Seat Christian Church (http://MercySeat.net), founder of Missionaries to the Preborn (http://MissionariesToThePreborn.com), and author of the book The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates: A Proper Resistance to Tyranny and A Repudiation of Unlimited Obedience to Civil Government (http://DefyTyrants.com). He and his wife Clara have eleven children and reside in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area.