For any of my faithful readers, you know I hardly ever (have I ever??), comment on politics. Sometimes I like to touch on current events, but most of my conversations are ignited by heart issues as it relates to walking out a daily lifestyle with Jesus.
Watching the chaos surrounding the Kavanaugh hearings, however, and the subsequent dialogue, I am moved to make a few observations which I think are relevant to what it might look like in navigating such challenges from a positioning of faith.
And a sound mind….
*Mocking someone who is visibly shaken by horrific and uncorroborated accusations reveals a lack of understanding as to what it looks like to actually abhor such evil. (Romans 12:9) Having also been personally accused of doing something I stand firmly against, I will tell you that a righteous anger burned in my heart as well – it is extremely violating. I might think we want people in office who long for integrity and truth.
*Criticizing or joking about a child who prays for someone who is harming their parent, exposes perhaps an individual who has not yet taught their own child to pray for those who hurt you. (Matthew 5:44) Even if he is guilty of past sin, raising up his child to walk uprightly is a clear indicator of character now. (Would that be your child’s first response??)
*As a wise friend pointed out to me, women since the beginning of time have cast false accusation at righteous men (Potiphar’s wife, fellow bible lovers? Genesis 39)
*Interestingly enough, it is the very idea of white privilege that actually allows so many people the luxury of jumping onto a bandwagon which negates due process and asks the accused to prove innocence (which is nearly impossible). Our brothers and sisters in the black community, especially, are familiar with false accusations playing out in an unjust conviction. (Proverbs 3:3)
*There are MANY voices, from many women, whose stories and physical evidence are not being heard. Today. (1 Samuel 8:3, Deuteronomy 16:19) The inconsistencies (and hypocrisy) are glaring. It’s all fun and games when it works in your favor, but setting such a precedence isn’t where we want to head as a nation. (Proverbs 16:3)
I believe the current statistic for females being violated in some way is one-in-four, and from personal experience, I would declare that statistic to be true. And, I also know from personal experience that every woman needs to be heard, believed, validated and offered a pathway to healing; regardless of whether the violator is ever brought to justice in this lifetime.
At the end of the day, as followers of Christ, and believers in the Word, it is imperative that we operate, to our greatest capacity, within the safety of the grace we have been offered. God has not given you a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7. This means we are not moved by the winds and whims of culture, but adhere to the truths laid out in God’s word. We are called to a higher standard within our hearts and homes, in our relationships and in the words we speak into all our spaces. (Proverbs 16:32)
Wherever you land in your opinion; none of us was there. I myself cannot personally say one way or the other. But the greatest truth is that to annihilate our legal processes and fling hatred at one another without evidence and justice is not worthy of those who call themselves Christ followers. I might submit a cautionary note as well that we all do reap what we sow into our own lives – many a person has been corrected by their misspoken words, even in private.
Be wise, my friends. Slow to anger, slow to speak, slow to judge, and thoughtful in speech. For those of us who are called to be ambassadors of the love of Christ, I believe it’s time for a plot twist.