Showing posts from February, 2016

Antonin Scalia Predicts the End of Democracy

Antonin Scalia, an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, died on February 13, 2016. From all accounts he was a giant of an intellect committed to textualism in interpreting the constitution. He wrote clear and visionary dissents on many of the constitutional cases that he adjudicated.

Back in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas the Supreme Court struck down all laws against homosexuality. At the time Scalia saw the implications and said, "Today's opinion dismantles the structure of constitutional law that has permitted a distinction to be made between heterosexual and homosexual unions, insofar as formal recognition in marriage is concerned."

In United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defence of Marriage Act Scalia wrote, "As far as this Court is concerned, no one should be fooled; it is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe." He was referring to the inevitable legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states that would un…

Eliakim - God Establishes

The story of Eliakim found in the book of Isaiah seems a bit out of the place. Eliakim is not a king and there is very little written about him, but what it does say is phenomenal: And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honour to his father's house (Is. 22:22). Before we can understand why this is said about Eliakim, we first need to understand what is said about him. The function of a key is obvious, but what is the significance of the house of David. King David is an important figure in the Bible. Let's take a look at a couple salient factors that make King David remarkable:

King David was anointed by God for Himself (1 Sam. 16:1): Other kings where anointed for the people, but David was chosen by God for himself. David was not chosen because of his outward appearance, but because of his heart. …