When President Donald Trump introduced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, many prominent conservative and Christian leaders all over the country voiced their approval.
With Kavanaugh's nomination, Trump has installed what is likely a five-member conservative majority in the Supreme Court, a setup that evangelicals now see as a stronger chance for new rulings to favor their side when it comes to priority issues like abortion.
Kavanaugh will be taking over the seat about to be vacated by Justice Anthony Kennedy by the end of this month, as the latter announced his retirement earlier. With the nomination of a new supreme court justice, the impact on future rulings for the years to come cannot be overstated, as Pastor Jack Graham pointed out.
"It's a generational decision," he called it, adding that it's a choice that will have a lasting impact that goes well beyond Trump's current term. "Not only us, but our children - our grandchildren, potentially," he said as quoted by the Washington Post via Chicago Tribune.
President Donald Trump, earlier in his 2016 campaign, has made the bold promise of considering a set of judges for the Supreme Court if he wins the election. His list of judges for consideration, which he revealed even before his term, already won him the support of evangelicals early on.
James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family, is one of the fans of this particular nomination and Trump's plan for the Supreme Court in general. "I like the job that he's done. He has kept his promises, especially to evangelicals," he said.
"I will vote for him again," Dobson added.
For now, Kavanaugh has stated his respect for prior rulings, as he outlined what looks to be his stance as a judge, one who "must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history, tradition, and precedent," as he said in his nomination speech.