Our Threatened Freedom

Are The Courts An Enemy Of Justice? (03:07)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 Are the courts an enemy to justice? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. For more and more people the courts are a major roadblock to justice. The criminal seems to do better in the courts than the victim, and the whole judicial process is a costly drain on the taxpayer. The Supreme Court seems to be a place where a folly not justice reigns supreme. We can understand why this is so if we take a look at a key figure in 20th century American law. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr whose dates are 1841 to 1935 was an associate justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts in 1882. And chief justice of that court from 1899 to 1902. From there he went in 1902 the US Supreme Court, serving until 1932, for 30 very influential years. The relativism and cynicism of Holmes can be summed up by his famous statement and I quote, “I am not here to do justice. I am here to play the game according to the rules.”

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:17 For Holmes, justice as something absolute and true did not exist. The law for him simply reflected the will of the majority of the people. A few years ago, this Holmsian attitude was summed up by a prominent criminal lawyer in these words, “what the Hell is justice?” And this is our problem. A believe in justice is dropping out of our courts, our law schools, and our legislatures. The law is no longer are the instrument of justice, but the will of the people. And if 51% of the voters are evil, then on necessity the law is evil. Of course, the answer is this made by many is that there is no such thing as good and evil. An American philosopher who died recently, Walter Kaufman called for a social order beyond the guilt and justice. For him, the idea of guilt and justice was simply a hangover from the belief in God and should have been abandoned. If the law is only a game, as Holmes said, it is a very expensive game played with human lives. Your lives and mine.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:37 For those of us who pay the price as the victims of injustice, it is infuriating to hear justice reduced to a game. With court officials and lawyers playing with our lives and our possessions. The law and the courts as a game are destructive of both freedom and justice. This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder