WASHINGTON - John Glover Roberts Jr. won confirmation as the 17th chief justice of the United States on Thursday, charged by the Senate with the responsibility of leading the Supreme Court through turbulent social issues for generations to come.
He was being sworn-in at the White House later in the day by Justice John Paul Stevens, the court's senior member and acting chief justice since the death of William H. Rehnquist.
The Senate voted 78-22 to confirm Roberts ‚ÄĒ a 50-year-old U.S. appeals judge from the Washington suburb of Chevy Chase, Md. ‚ÄĒ as Rehnquist's successor. All 55 of the Senate's majority Republicans, and half of the Democrats, voted for Roberts....
For more than a few persons, standards of legality appear to be equivalent to standards of morality. In these cases, the rulings of the US Supreme Court take on god-like significance. In reality, actions may be legal but not moral or ethical or compliant to Divine Law.
The good charge of King Jehoshaphat of Judah to various judges was:
"Take heed what you do: for you judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgement. Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts". and "Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart". - from 2 Chronicles 19:6-7,9
I heard audio where Chief Justice Roberts acknowledged his need for others to pray for him. It would be good for others to pray this way. While it is good for Chief Justice Roberts to desire God's blessing, it is important for him to set himself to rule always with reverent respect for the True, Just, and Sovereign God.