With the Supreme Court deliberating on so-called same-sex marriage (Obergefell v. Hodges), I thought it might be helpful to provide a primer on constitutional interpretation.
This primer comes in two parts and is written by Michael Stokes Paulsen, a university professor. He has recently co-written a book on the subject; note here the accolades from Supreme Court Samuel Alito and others.
- Everything You Need to Know About Constitutional Law (9 min read; 2,157 words)
- Citizens, Unite! Part Two of Your Constitutional Primer (8 min read; 1,885 words)
These sorts of things used to be taught in junior high and high school. However, I get the sense today that young people seem unfamiliar with this sort of thinking.
What does this have to do with being a Christian? We live in a democracy, and to be good citizens (which God requires of us) we need to understand how democracy is supposed to work. We cannot expect unbelievers to accept an idea because Christ states it; we must be able to communicate the value of His ideas in ways that they can accept.