“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” – Deuteronomy 16:18
There is no greater event on Capitol Hill – one filled with intensity and a magnitude of importance – than Supreme Court nomination hearings. And, with the vacated seat of Justice Antonin Scalia, there may not be a more important confirmation hearing than the one that is taking place this week for Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Yesterday, our VP of Operations, Peggy Nienaber, was inside the committee room to not just watch the proceedings but to pray over every aspect of the process. Just four feet away from Judge Gorsuch, we prayed for the Judge and his family; the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee; the tone of the meeting; and of course, that the Lord’s will would be done.
The Supreme Court is one of Faith & Action unique and private personal ministry outreaches. Much of what we do is confidential – but in this very public nomination process, it is our privilege to come alongside all those who are part of this important hearing by being present each day, praying, and offering our ministerial support to all who may need spiritual refreshing and comfort. There is no doubt that the confirmation hearings are an often grueling and emotionally draining experience, which is why Faith & Action is up close and personal in the room to provide needed prayer and encouragement to all who may need it!
The confirmation hearing reconvenes today with the beginning of what one would call “an intense interview process.” The Senate Judiciary Committee opened Round One allowing thirty minutes for each committee member to speak followed by Round Two (Day 2), which begins the questioning process of Judge Gorsuch. Senator Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is expecting that it will be a ten-hour day without interruption.
Once again, your Faith & Action ministry team is seated in the committee room and paying close attention to all that is being said while also praying over every aspect of the day’s proceedings.
We ask that you join us in praying for Judge Gorsuch and his family and for all the senators on the Committee. To help you in your prayers, I want to bring to your attention what Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chris Coons (Democrat), stated yesterday as matters of importance in the review of Judge Gorsuch this week.
Senator Grassley, in speaking about Judge Gorsuch, stated, “The judge’s job, our nominee says, is to deliver on the promise that ‘all litigants, rich or poor, mighty or meek, will receive equal protection under the law and due process for their grievances’ . . . The nominee before us understands that any judge worth his salt will ‘regularly issue judgments with which they disagree as a matter of policy—all because they think that’s what the law fairly demands.’ Fundamentally, that is the difference between a legislator and a judge. All of us should keep this in mind during the course of this hearing.”
Senator Coons, in discussing his concern about the intersection of religious liberty and individual rights, stated, “Throughout our nation’s history, religion has inspired countless acts of charity, kindness, and good work. But when I think about the Founders’ wisdom to protect both church and state by ensuring their separation, I am in awe. Our United States were founded by people who came here for many reasons, seeking opportunity, freedom from oppression, and hoping in many cases to be free to practice their faith . . . The Supreme Court over decades has sought to strike and preserve a careful balance between the free exercise rights of religious minorities and the power of legislatures to compel compliance with neutral laws.”
It is expected that the Committee will schedule to vote on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination on April 3rd. Senator Chuck Grassley has promised a confirmation vote before the Senate breaks for Easter recess on April 8th.
Can we count on you to walk alongside us as we pray and minister to the judicial nominee and his family as well to all the Senate Committee members? Your prayers and financial support enable Faith & Action to minister to our nation’s leaders – including those being considered to the highest court of our land.
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Please keep Judge Gorsuch and his family in your prayers. We will be present in the committee room throughout the nomination process and will keep you, our faithful supporters, updated and aware of specific prayer requests!
On Behalf of Your Faith & Action Team,
Mrs. Peggy Nienaber
Vice President of Operations
P.S. As soon as a new justice is confirmed, your Faith & Action team will be looking for the first opportunity to welcome him to our neighborhood!