COMMENTARY: The sky is not falling (following Scalia)

by Dr. David Allen, |

FORT WORTH (Christian Examiner) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday. Political pundits have been having a heyday over it. Not surprising.

What is surprising, at least somewhat, is the lugubrious prognostications by many Evangelicals via blog banter and twitter jitters. It would seem the sky is falling.

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Fears of a liberal, even ultra-liberal appointee by President Obama are not unfounded. Unless the Republicans grow a spine, it is likely that is exactly what will happen.

But in case you missed it, even with Scalia, the best the Court could do on the Gay Marriage issue was a 5-4 vote that went the wrong way. With a liberal replacement, if that is what happens, a vacillating Kennedy is rendered inert and the best case scenario on a crucial vote would be 5-4 . . . with Kennedy one of the 4 conservative votes on occasion. 6-3 will not be uncommon.

Make no mistake. Big Brother is already on Evangelical Street and it's just a matter of time before he comes knocking at our door. The writing on the barn says "All animals are equal." Yeah. But don't miss the rest of the scrawl: "Some animals are more equal than others."

But I don't believe the sky is falling. Why? Simple—the Supreme Court has never been our hope. Don't get me wrong. We should pray for and work for a conservative nominee. But when the dust settles, we are way past the point of any government entity pulling our bacon out of the fire.

When we put all of our eggs in the basket of a political party, be it Republican or Democrat, the Supreme Court, or President, we are in essence betraying the gospel. Have we forgotten that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation?

The last time I checked, God was still on his throne. If any individual, any group, any church, any state, any nation, any people anywhere, will repent of their sin and turn to God, He will hear from heaven. We need to lift up our eyes beyond the hills, from whence cometh our help.

The cultural war continues. We need to be good warriors. Above all, we need to be Christian warriors.

Dr. David Allen is the Dean of the School of Theology and the Director of the Center for Expository Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth where he holds the George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry. This commentary first appeared here and is used with permission.