“Again, the devil took him [Jesus] to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” (Matthew 4:8-10, NIV)
The devil offered Jesus far more than the ability to nominate Supreme Court justices. The devil offered to put Jesus, the most Christian Christian, the most perfect, and divine person in the history of the entire world… in charge of all government. This offer was far better than nominating a few Supreme Court justices.
Not only that he could enact all perfect Christian laws and perfect Christian policies, he could even end all of the persecution of Christians everywhere in the world. He could bring an end to ISIS in a moment and immediately stop them from killing Christians.
And Jesus could have filled the US Supreme Court with nine justices with whoever he wanted. And Jesus, who knew their thoughts, could literally pick the most Christian and holy people to serve.
What more could a conservative evangelical want out of a leader than literally having Jesus as the ruler of the world?
Yet, what was Jesus’ response to the offer?
No way. Never.
Jesus wouldn’t serve Satan for the Supreme Court. Not for nine justices, not for control of three branches of government, not even for putting all of the governments in the world under divine control.