Article October 8, 2018

What are Christians to do about the Kavanaugh Debacle?

Many have asked me about my thoughts on the Kavanaugh hearings.  Here they are:

First, we need to continue to care for victims of sexual assault.  Having listened to many women’s stories about the humiliation of sexual assault, they deserve our compassion, care, and love.  It is a horrible, painful problem.

 

To those who have been victimized by sexual aggression, there is healing. Jesus will use this for good. Please move through the process of your anguish and grief.  Yes, it’s hard.  As someone who almost died from an assault years ago, I know some of your pain.  But healing can come.  Find your identity in Jesus, and not in your anger.  If you find your identity in what happened to you, and continually focus on only that, you will not only never get well but you’ll continue to live in anger and grief.

 

Next, for those who have been wrongfully accused, we know of your pain.  Therefore, we must insist that a preponderance of corroborative evidence is what will determine a conviction.  Someone’s word alone cannot be a judge, jury, and hangman.  Who wants to live in a world like that?  

 

If that is what you wanted in the Kavanaugh hearings, then be careful what you wish for.  When you take away your enemy’s rights, soon the powers in charge will come for many of your most cherished beliefs.  That is why we must seek to guarantee all people’s right to free speech and beliefs.  In the end, we must believe that truth will win against falsehoods.
 


Finally, can you not see what the spiritual enemy is doing to our nation?  Our war is not against flesh and blood but powers and principalities of the darkness (Ephesians 6:12).  The name devil means divider.  He wants to divide us as a nation.  He knows that a house divided against itself cannot stand.  If we are divided as a nation, he can destroy us.

 

That’s why he works overtime to divide couples and families.  Men and women.  Blacks and whites.  Young and old.  Rich and poor.  He causes division by fomenting hate. 

 

I believe that is what he is presently doing in and to our beloved nation.

 

What is the counterpunch to the devils’ wiles?  Jesus adjured us to love one another.  The greatest of all things is love.  He said that the world would know his followers are truly his by the way we love one another.  

 

God’s people must also relentlessly pursue truth.  Jesus came with grace and truth (John 1:14).  When we wield both, the enemy’s schemes are shattered.

 

Refuse to hate.  Commit to love.  Seek truth.  Fight division.  Do so at all costs.

 

Our nation’s health is at stake.

 

That is what I’ve taken away from the Kavanaugh hearings.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[a] from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 (ESV)

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