The nation is divided. Captivated by the ongoing political drama of a reported allegation against Trump Administration nominee: Judge Brett Kavanaugh. We are glued to this train wreck of allegations, matter-of-fact truth, investigations, and more allegations of sexual assault. It is not a question of whether or not the nominee is innocent or guilty. It is a matter of how Christians (and all other citizens) view this. How these hearings will cause you to question everything is important to understand.
In Genesis 39, we read the encounter of Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife. In this story, we find Joseph, who was sold into slavery, refusing the sexual advances of his master’s house. Eventually, he fled. Yet, she had his garment and informed Potiphar what happened. An allegation. Based on her words alone, Joseph was arrested.
But one day, when he went into the house to do his work and none of the men of the house was there in the house, 12 she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand and fled and got out of the house. 13 And as soon as she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled out of the house, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought among us a Hebrew to laugh at us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15 And as soon as he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried out, he left his garment beside me and fled and got out of the house.” 16 Then she laid up his garment by her until his master came home, 17 and she told him the same story, saying, “The Hebrew servant, whom you have brought among us, came in to me to laugh at me. 18 But as soon as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment beside me and fled out of the house.”
19 As soon as his master heard the words that his wife spoke to him, “This is the way your servant treated me,” his anger was kindled. 20 And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. 23 The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.
What we read is that the Lord was always with Joseph – regardless of the circumstances he faced.
As a Christian, I want to believe that the Lord is with all people throughout all time. If Brett Kavanaugh is innocent, what will it hurt for an investigation? We may never know the real facts. What we are able to conclude is what evidence there is and we may want to carefully consider whether or not such evidence corroborates an act of indiscretion.
The reality is this: Only three people know the truth: Brett Kavanaugh, his accuser’s, and the Lord.
Like Joseph, if Kavanaugh is innocent, he is already condemned by the mob rule mentality of the Democratic party. Joseph had to endure prison, under harsh conditions. Yet, the Lord was with him and blessed Joseph. Ultimately, Joseph influenced Pharaoh (see Genesis 41) based on how he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream.
Now, I am not saying that Kavanaugh is going to be interpreting dreams. We may not know how the Lord will turn this out for His good will and purpose (see Romans 8:28). What we may hope and pray is that our Divine and Sovereign God is with Kavanaugh and his family during this time.
The other passage is the encounter of our Savior with the woman caught in adultery. (see John 8:1-11):
1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground.9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
The religious leaders wanted to test the Savior. Hebrew law declared that a person committing an act of transgression must be punished. The account informs us that these men caught her in the very act of sexual transgression. They brought her before Christ to see how he will justify God’s sovereign and divine mercy with the demands of the Law.
The Democrats, left, progressives, and liberals are testing American law regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. They demand an investigation be conducted to satisfy the demands of justice. It is as if they appear to have caught the Supreme Court Justice Nominee in an act of sexual transgression. Regardless of the initial allegation having occurred over 30 some years prior.
On the other hand, you have the Republicans, conservatives ready to cast stones at Dr. Ford for her coming forth with an allegation of sexual assault. And, since her allegations, it appears others may have come forth as well. The right demands that an investigation is done with the colluding democratic party as to any conspiracies regarding this coming forth allegation.
In reality, we have lost sight of the more important component to all of this. This political drama appears to be two-fold. First, it is divisive between political party lines and the American people. Second, is understanding the nature and power of God’s divine and sovereign grace toward us all who are sinful (see Romans 5:8)
There are 8 reasons this nomination, the scandal, and the hearings for Brett Kavanaugh will cause us to question:
Reason this nomination has become dramatic in the political arena:
The American people are being asked to judge – either Dr. Ford or Kavanaugh regarding the initial allegation of sexual assault. We either believe Dr. Ford and her allegation, or we believe Kavanaugh is innocent (or have the forthright to presume innocence) until enough information brings to light whether or not Kavanaugh stands guilty of the allegation brought forth.
How is this a test of the American People and the rule of law?
Both parties are relying on the rule of law here. For the Left, Democrats, Progressives, and Liberals, the rule of law is that an investigation is opened up and Judge Kavanaugh is found guilty of all charges. Upon corroboration of rule of law, he is requested to rescind his nomination for supreme court. Upon his resignation, the Trump Administration is to reconvene for a new SCOTUS Nomination. For the Republicans, the right, and conservatives, it is a test of the rule of law to presume innocence and convince there is a false allegation being made to thwart the proceeding nomination for Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That, this rule of law ought to be applied in investigating the democratic party for political subterfuge.
Remaining silent prior to making an initial response:
One of the main considerations missing in this political drama is a momentary silence. What we do know is that this allegation remained silent when it was not brought forth during the initial nomination hearings and questionings. However, the moment it was brought forward, the other side failed to remain silent and went on to an immediately came to the defense of Kavanaugh. Considering this political scandal, the American people may do well to remain silent prior to making any initial response. This is true of us Christians. Christ never made an initial response to the allegations brought before the religious leaders. Neither did he make an initial response to the woman. Instead, this silence is a reminder for us all to engage in some self-reflection.
The Lord writes on the ground while remaining silent:
We do not know exactly what Christ wrote on the ground. What we do know is that he maintained silence while engaged in this act. What I believe the application here is for us to consider the nature and power of self-reflection. One thought on this scene is that Christ engaged in writing out the laws and the sins accompanying those laws. His way of presenting the sins of the many standing in judgment before him. We also know that Christ is the judge of our hearts. With what we judge another, so shall we be judged in the same measure (see Matthew 7:1-3)
God’s divine sovereign Grace and Mercy on display:
Whether we stand accused by men, God’s divine Sovereign Grace is displayed. Since we established that Christ is the judge of all men, and women, we know that there is also mercy. This comes when we sincerely repent of our own follies and transgressions. Christ’s statement is simple: Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone. Yet, here we are. Casting stones against the accused. Or, casting stones at the accuser. Either way, we are standing in the seat of judgment, we are amidst the scornful (see Psalm 1:1)
Christian attitude and common rules of law in American Society today:
One of the greatest understandings of the passage of John 8:1-11 is this: Regardless of the common law, as Christians, we are to model Christ’s attitude. What was his attitude with regard to the Mosaic Law? Christ’s attitude shows us that he did not engage in a theoretical dialogue with the religious leaders. His agenda was not set out to prove them wrong, or even in error of their own interpretation of the law. Christ’s mission was to fulfill God’s will in that He is the lamb of God slain for our transgressions. His agenda is to bring salvation to all men. Therefore, his concern was not on the common law of the day. He did not detract from the law, nor did he point to the Law. In him was the Mosaic Law fulfilled (see Matthew 5:17-20).
As Christians, our attitude is to reflect that nature and power of God’s divine sovereign grace. To recognize that we have laws that require implementation, there is also room for mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Those bound by the law and are found guilty are to bring fruits of repentance (see Matthew 3:8).
Christ’s reflection and attitude toward sin and sinners:
Once we grasp the understanding of Christ’s attitude toward his response to the religious leaders. We learn to understand the reflection and attitude Christ held toward sin and sinner. Our duty toward forgiveness does not mean we tolerate sin and sinful acts. Forgiveness means we see and understand individuals as much as we see ourselves – standing condemned already if we are unrepentant (see John 3:18). What this means is we forgive as much as we are forgiven (see Ephesians 4:32)
Christ acknowledges sin for what it is. He forgives us as we are sinners. Man, judges man as sinful, wicked, vile, and corrupt because of their transgressions. This is what Christ did with the woman before him: He forgave her of her sexual transgression. Through His divine mercy and grace upon her, did not condemn her. What he required is she take action and to go forward from that moment on and sin no more.
How does the Kavanaugh Hearing cause us to question everything?
The scene of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife appears to be played out in the political arena with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. A man vetted by the FBI on six separate occasions and to have been found worthy for a lifetime appointment on America’s highest court of the land. He is being accused of sexual assault (or sexual impropriety) that initially began with Dr. Ford. And, like the adulterous woman brought before Christ, we have two political parties acting like ravenous wolves as they stand in judgment. Calling for swift justice based on emotional responsiveness and pleadings.
Instead, what we are to question the nature of the evidence from a critical and objective standpoint. And, as questions, we are to not seek justice, we are to seek mercy and grace. Our response is that to model how Christ navigated a situation where it pitied His mercy and grace against the common law of the land. This is what we are facing.
Therefore, our response is to question our own motives and reflect on whether we are allowing ourselves permission to engage in crucifying the accuser or whether we stand and cast judgment on the accused.
We truly do not know what really happened 30-some years ago. We truly do not know whether one person is innocent or guilty. What we do know is that there are allegations. And, if we are to demand an investigation, let us approach it with mercy and grace.