Judge Honors Jesus, Dishonors Justice

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From our friends at Young Patriots

A Tennessee Judge just ruled that a 7-month-old baby who was given the name “Messiah” have his name legally changed to “Mario.” This judge ruled that only one person has ever earned the title of Messiah and “that one person is Jesus Christ.”

image29I read this out loud to my (Christian) husband, who was driving us home from vacation and said, “Isn’t that awesome?”

“No,” he said. “That’s big government. Telling you what you can or can’t name your child.”

That really got me thinking. Is it hypocritical for me to fight for limited government and then rejoice when Judges make legal decisions based on the Christian faith? I think the answer is…yes.

It’s tricky. Our nation was founded on freedom, but it was founded by Christians who wrote the law in alignment with Biblical values. The Christian in me rejoices that any government employee would say that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, in public. But, the freedom fighter in me says…it wasn’t appropriate for a judge to make a ruling about a baby’s name based on her own religious beliefs.

I rejoice any time the name of Jesus is exalted. And I definitely do treasure the fact that Christianity was built into our nation’s DNA. I’m not one of these “freedom FROM religion” people. But, I just think that a judge making a religious call over a child’s name might be pushing it. Then again, my initial reaction was “Isn’t this awesome!?” so what do I know.

Weigh in. What’s more important – a government that protects religious symbolism or a government that names your kids for you?

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42 Comments
  1. TruthorConsequences says

    The parent should think ahead, rather than label a child with a name that they will be embarassed to have when they are teenagers or adults.

    Sure, this judge overstepped her authority. Judges overstep their authority all the time.

    SCOTUS overstepped its authority aggegiously on some occasions–Dred Scott; new right to privacy invented to legalized abortion Roe v. Wade; a non-tax bill as described in the legislation twice, but the Chief Justice deciding that he would violate the law itself and designate it as a tax so he could make it legal–Obamacare.

  2. greatjoy says

    The fact that these parents were so divided that they submitted to the judge
    to resolve their conflict is the ultimate problem–and will probably continue to
    be a problem that will eventually lead to the child becoming the ward of the state.
    People need to have a common way of viewing the world before getting married.
    Marriage is about a life-time commitment between a man and woman before God,
    and naming children should be one of the least contentious decisions a couple
    makes. Young people should have meaningful ways of viewing each other so
    that they learn how each other think. They should weigh incoming information
    over time and seek counsel from adults about whether their prospective mate
    is a person who will be on the same path as they have chosen. “No fault” divorce
    has really messed up the idea that marriage has any permanence. It’s AWFUL
    that a couple would fight so badly over a name, that they would find it impossible
    to resolve it themselves. It is handing over the most basic of rights to an outsider,
    a representative of the government. “Arbitrary power is built on the ruins of
    liberty ABUSED to licentiousness.” G Washington

  3. Kevin J Lankford says

    They may consider it their right to name their child what they wish, and perhaps it is. I do know there are many people grow up embarrassed by, or outright ashamed of their name. I, myself, for a long time, was ashamed of my middle name.

    These parents obviously may not have a problem calling this boy to diner by that name, but me, I would just have to refer to him as “hey you”.

  4. $13614178 says

    The judge was very plain , the term ” Messiah ” is NOT a name , it is a title , A title that only one man in the history of the world has earned . What can this infant do to earn that title ? While we have no royalty in this country , people can and do name their kids Queen , Duke , and even King . But this ” title ” comes from a much higher plain of existence than even any royalty .

  5. Rustytruck says

    If the judge wanted to do something good in the name of the lord he/she should’ve made it illegal to use the name , Obama . Now that I’d agree with.

  6. gwedem5995 says

    I completely agree Jeffrey Olah and Tonys Take.

  7. TombstoneLizard says

    Where was this judge in determining whether or not Obama was really born in the US? Or his legal social security number? Or Obama’s involvement in so many “phony scandals?” I guess making sure kids are given a proper name justifies being appointed as a “judge.”

  8. CaptTurbo says

    I see it the same way as the author. Wonderful sentiment but overstepping in his authority.

  9. bahndon says

    What is the difference between Obama and God ?
    a: God does not believe he is Obama !!!

  10. simpletony1 says

    All of it is a sad commentary on the state of the nation and world vs Christianity

  11. TonysTake ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ says

    I hear that the judge in this case has a child named Dog Shiite. Named after the father I believe.

  12. katya8 says

    The mother and father had attended a child support hearing for a dispute
    over their child’s surname – however the judge had a problem with the baby’s
    first name.

    While at Tennessee Cocke County Chancery Court, Child Support
    Magistrat Lu Ann Ballew ruled that baby Messiah DeShawn Martin be renamed
    Martin DeShawn McCullough, WBIR reported.

    According to the judge, only one person earned the name
    Messiah, ‘and that one person is Jesus Christ’.

    Read more:
    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2392175/Tennessee-mom-refuses-change-babys-Messiah-Martin-judge-rules-Jesus-Christ-earned-title.html#ixzz2bxH8folr

  13. PLW says

    As if there is not enough stupidity in America, here comes a judge that rules what name is acceptable, or not acceptable for peoples’ children… Judge needs to retire, or find some real problems to rule on, like all of the laws Obama and Holder refuse to enforce………… Just saying………………………………

  14. William Mdcannold Jr. says

    Leave it alone. In time, the child (and his family) will wish to God he had a different name (no pun intended) !

  15. mollymogui1 says

    Naming a child is in the purview of the parents’ parental rights. Barring extenuating circumstances, I do not see how this case came before the court . Who had standing to do so?
    By the way Hispanic and Italian cultures name their sons after Jesus, Our Lord and Savior all the time, and no one objects. By the way, my father’s name is Salvatore.

    1. Kevin J Lankford says

      Actually, I do object. I have known a number of illegal aliens using the name jesus. I would address them with “hey” or “hey you”.

      1. mollymogui1 says

        What do you object to? The fact that they are illegal aliens would be my objection. If the Church does not object why should you. As stated before, my father;s baptismal name is Salvatore.

  16. WesTexan says

    The government has no right to tell any parent what to name their children. Should they name their kid Messiah? Is the world going to come to an end if they do? Let God be the judge. If He doesn’t like it, He can handle it. God needs no defense. He is quite capable.

  17. TombstoneLizard says

    The reality is, what kid is going to grow up demanding that people use that name? First, the name Messiah isn’t a name, it’s a title. Like calling your kid “President” or “Senator.” If anything, the judge should have said “You can name your child anything but a title in their first name. You can do that for a middle or last name, but not the first. It hurts my ears, and the ears of anyone who understands English etymology.” A ruling based on religious perception? Well, yes, the judge overstepped the boundaries of separation of church and state. Go ahead, call your kid “Messiah”: Just be ready when your six year-old comes home crying that the other kids called him/her “Messy” or some such. There really is a lot to a name.

    1. Bruce Stroh says

      Specifically, WHAT “separation of church and state?” Where is that written?

      1. Dr. Franklin Jefferson says

        …I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

        – Thomas Jefferson, as President, to the Danbury Baptist Association, 1802

  18. cvxxx says

    I have lots of questions. Some countries forbid names that would cause possible harm. In the US many who did not like their name can change it or use initials. There are no national rules. Yet some parents do use questionable judgement. Naming a child Adolf Hitler for instance. Iceland just had a controversy over a girl’s name as it did not seem to follow the naming laws.

    Perhaps,there needs to be a discussion. While I can understand the judges reasoning it seems over the top. There are many Christian denominations. What’s in a name may influence how a person is treated.

    The real question: do we want governmental interference in another aspect of life?

  19. USMC and America proud says

    Although I agree that (considering the fact that the article was posted WITHOUT stating the reason WHY this was before a judge to begin with, on the surface a court only has a right to change a person’s name at their OWN request, and not at the request of others, except in parental cases of adoption! The judge should have exercised good judgement in this case to advise the stupid parents of the ‘quality of LIFE’ they were bestowing upon their child! By that I mean, can you imagine this kid’s future in society-say in school? “Hey, I cut my hand! Heal me Christ!”; “Let’s hang him on the wall and see if an angel gets him down!”; or the most obvious one. “Let’s crucify him, see if God cares!”
    Kinda think the parents were on something in this case!

  20. Debora says

    The judge was wrong, violated her pledge as a judge, and contributed to the perception that Christians are hypocritical bigots. Harmful in every dimension.

  21. Ricarrdo estavans says

    If Frank Zappa can name his kids “Moon Unit and Dweezil”, Messiah is no big deal

  22. Centurion ' says

    And Jesus means what in Spanish?

  23. raccman says

    The real “culprits” ? The very imbecilic parents !

  24. disqus_hNXvhwdNeI says

    The article left out the reason why these people were in court to begin with. Context matters.

  25. Jay Star says

    I would be curious as why the parents named him that! Although its their right to do so, what is behind their action?

    1. Average_Joe56 says

      “Messiah was No. 4 among the fastest-rising baby names in 2012, according to the Social Security Administration’s annual list of popular baby names.”

      “The boy’s mother, Jaleesa Martin, of Newport, said she will appeal. She says Messiah is unique and she liked how it sounded alongside the boy’s two siblings — Micah and Mason.

      Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/11/tenn-judge-changes-infant-name-from-messiah-says-it-could-put-him-at-odds-with/#ixzz2bxzMTooH

  26. SickOf BeingCoddled says

    there needs to be no doubt in our minds— government justice system MUST be neutral in the religious issues Except when an inalienable right is being suppressed or disregarded by a religion

  27. Jimbo Velasquez says

    Jesus is also a Latino name.

  28. Andy Jorgensen says

    It is the Chicken or the egg. Both are correct but wrong at the same time.

  29. Joe Burton says

    Judge – you need to keep you nose out of htese people’s business.

  30. Ted666 says

    What is the difference between naming a child Jesus versus Messiah? The judge is not only wrong to impose his personal view as though it’s the law, but also the name might have been chosen in order to honor Jesus. Incidentally, in Hebrew Jesus is the same name as Joshua, so logically Joshua also is off limits in this line of thinking.

  31. Crappie says

    …or, maybe, just maybe, the parents heard a voice telling them to name the baby, “Messiah”…Did the judge ask the question of the parents, “Why did you name your baby Messiah…???”. I don’t know, do you…??? I haven’t heard, have you…??? “You, judge, are “Out of Order”…Now, what if your ruling caused them to rename the baby, “Mohammed”..??? WWJD…??? Hmmmm…

  32. Tom Minton says

    I’m struck that the same freedom of religion that we should enjoy also extends to every American… Believer and non-believer alike… So while I applaud the judge’s statement, forcing it under law is wrong…..

    1. TonysTake ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵀʳᵘᵐᵖ says

      What is this judge going to do about all the Black kids named Mohamed and the Hispanics named Jesus? My guess is he will do nothing for fear of offending a minority.

  33. Bailey2004 says

    Obviously the Judge is a Christian and in his Godly wisdom, by him changing the child’s name did two things. First, the Judge chose to honor God first and keep our Messiah in His rightful place and not allow mere humans take his name in vain or use it in a blasphemous way and, secondly, not allowing the parents to use “Messiah” so flippantly, so as to cause the child problems down the road with bullying and teasing did a compassionate and loving thing for this child. The Judge was more of a parent in looking out for the welfare of the child than these moronic parents wanting to name their child “Messiah” because everyone else is. What are they thinking? Oh! wait, they aren’t! They don’t have the maturity to perceive the consequences of their actions.

    1. SickOf BeingCoddled says

      they have a right to blasphem. The government does not have a right to usurp their parental choices unless they are violating the constitution

  34. Mark Thomas says

    The judge was overstepping her authority, If she truly wanted to honor Jesus she would have let them keep his name as messiah. After all God did give us free will and as far as I know the parents were not claiming there child to be the messiah, they named him that, therefore in this case it was just a name not a title like We give to Jesus. On a second point look at all the Jesus’ we have running around today although most of them are of Hispanic descent and they pronounce it different from the we pronounce it, it is still spelled the same. Yet most people do not see a problem with that.

  35. Jeffrey Olah says

    judge was overstepping the authority given to them

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