A statement from President Harrison on the death of Justice Scalia


U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 79, was found dead at a Texas ranch on Saturday morning, Feb. 13, 2016.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways!” (Rom. 11:33).

We have received the news of the death of Justice Scalia with deep shock. On the moral issues, on which The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod has taken a public stand (life, marriage and religious freedom), we and all creedal and biblically oriented Christians had no more stalwart friend on the Supreme Court than Justice Scalia. He articulated the voice of consistent rationality and unchanging natural law — the very voice and sentiment of the founders of this nation — in the face of progressivism on the court, which has left our nation morally depleted. Unfortunately the death of a great man is often a harbinger of worse things to come. Can the Supreme Court harm this nation even more than it has? Are 57 million abortions not enough? Unfortunately, we may well fall to even deeper depths of degradation.

Spare us, O God, from what we deserve, and give this nation leaders and justices who recognize the unchanging and rational truth of natural law, which accords with the Ten Commandments. And grant us justices and leaders who recognize, as did our founders, the great benefit of a religious citizenry for the well-being of all. Amen.

Matthew C. Harrison
President, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
St. Louis, Missouri

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7 Responses to A statement from President Harrison on the death of Justice Scalia

  1. Rev. Gerald E. Grimm February 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    Let us pray also for his wife, Maureen, their nine children, 28 grandchildren and all who grieve his death.

  2. February 17, 2016 at 7:21 am #

    Romans 8:28. -“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ”

    Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

    2 Chronicls 7:14.- “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”0

    1 Kings 19:18 – “Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.”

    Matthew 28:20 -“I am with you always to the end of the age.”

    John 14:27- “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

  3. Bill Frerking February 18, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    This layman gives thanks to God for giving us a President of the LCMS who stands unwavering on the UAC, who articulates Scriptural truths clearly, and who strives to bring confessional doctrine and practice back to the congregations of the LCMS. I encourage President Harrison to insist that church discipline throughout our Synod defend true doctrine and practice at least as vigorously as secular companies defend their own brands.

    May God grant the LCMS wisdom in its decisions about joining with other church bodies. We eagerly welcome all who share the profession of faith (UAC) and who display the seven-fold signs of the church.

  4. Fr. Charles Mattina February 19, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    May perpetual light shine upon him. And may his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

    His death is a huge loss to our nation.

  5. Raul Ruiz Ocampo February 20, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    We are praying for Family Justice Scalia..

  6. Roger Lange February 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm #


  7. February 27, 2016 at 1:35 am #

    Joel 2:13
    Tear your hearts, not your clothes.
    Return to the Lord your God.
    He is merciful & compassionate, patient,
    & always ready to forgive & to change his
    Plans about disaster
    Also – John 3:16-17
    May the God of all comfort, remind, & comfort us; with his promises +⚓️
    Sharon Nygaard

    Hymn: ” A mighty Fortress is our God”
    Page: 656-657 Lutheran Service
    Hymn: “My Hope is Built on nothing less”
    Page 575 Lutheran Service Book

    Hymn: ” The Church’s One Foundation”
    Page 644 Lutheran Service Book

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