"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices--mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain at a gnat but swallow a camel (Mt 23:24 NIV).

The change to the Senate rules proposed by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) last week, if adopted, would end Democrat filibusters that have prevented the Senate from voting to confirm President Bush's judicial appointees. Extraordinary prayer will enable the change to happen.

  • The Democrats have threatened to "shut down the Senate" if Sen. Frist proceeds with his plan to change the Senate rules.
  • The Constitution gives the Senate full authority to establish its own rules. In 1975, when Democrats held the majority, some of the very Senators leading today's filibusters used the "nuclear solution" (a simple majority vote) to significantly change the Senate rules (see www.washtimes.com/national/20030514-625507.htm).
  • The elaborate checks and balances in our system, and thus the gridlock they produce, can often be good. Yet the filibuster was not intended to prevent our Senators from fulfilling their Constitutional duty to vote on judicial nominees.
  • Sen. Frist will have to proceed with caution. Terrorist-like threats from the Democrats to "close down the Senate then blame the Republicans" have succeeded in the past. Public support for arcane parliamentary procedures takes a great deal of education and time. This could be a long, drawn out battle that takes months to accomplish change (see http://www.aclj.org/resources/judconf/Filibusters.pdf ).

If balanced, conservative judges are not confirmed to the federal judiciary, our children will live under ever-increasing judicial tyranny. If Americans continue to allow Godless judges to impose immorality upon America under the guise of "law," God will have to act for He will not be fooled. He will deal with America as He deals with all apostate nations (Dt 8:19-20; Ps 9:17).

Please Continue to Pray:

Lord, Thank You for stirring our Senators to action. GRANT them SUCCESS!
May they use the power You gave them for righteousness! PREVAIL in these & every vote to confirm God-fearing Judges (Ex 18:21-22a; Josh 1:9; 1 Sam 2:9-10).
May Your People urgently pray for Godly judges to be appointed to the courts at every level, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Grant the President & our Senators COURAGE & WISDOM to appoint & confirm only such men & women. In Jesus' Name, Amen (2 Sam 10:12; 1 Chr 22:13; Ps 12:1-5; 21:11-12; Pr 26:20-28; Jas 3:17).

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