Last week, I watched Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford defend their stories concerning Ford’s allegations of sexual assault that purportedly took place in 1982 when the two were teens.
Both seemed truthful to some extent, but the full truth remains unknown. How can it be that each is telling the truth, yet contradicts the other?
Further, how does God see the situation? I’m guessing much differently than most of us. Soon, our senators will decide whether Judge Kavanaugh is fit to sit in an honored seat on the Supreme Court. And eventually, life will go on. But the effects will continue to burn in us and in these individuals and their families for a very long time.
Some good that has come about is a continued dialogue concerning sexual abuse, and the deep effects of those who are victims, as well as a discussion about believability, and the reality that some are wrongly accused, and that we must continue to work on seeking truth in the fairest ways possible.
I’ve heard some cry “privilege” as the problem, but isn’t it true that anyone on the Supreme Court is privileged in one way or another? That alone cannot claim responsibility. Privilege doesn’t always point to a poor character; lack of privilege doesn’t always lead to victimhood.
And to those who say they know “100 percent” who’s being most honest, I offer this. Again, only God knows the fullest, deepest truth, including every moment of the lives of Brett and Christine, past, present and future. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” we read in Jeremiah 1:5.
That thought brings solace. Indeed, the resolve we seek is available, but only from this divine source, which sees beyond all. Where we fall short, God can provide what is necessary to redeem this broken situation.
To many, this may be about a coveted seat on the Supreme Court, but to God, it’s about something much more enduring than a worldly position. It’s about the trajectory of eternal souls. God already knows the outcome, and he cares deeply about it. But he also cares how the rest of us will respond, and how we’ll treat one another in the wake.
Sadly, at present, we’re warring tribes, far from the evolved, civil society we claim to be. But it doesn’t have to end there. At the finale of “Spiderman 3” movie, Peter Parker says, “It is our choices that make us who we are, and we always have a choice to do what’s right.”
Every day, in each moment, God offers us life or death, as noted in Deuteronomy 30:19, and we alone choose, with the present moment being the only one in which we can make that choice. One leads us closer to God; the other, further from him. What will Brett choose? What will Christine choose? Blessing or curse? The choice is theirs, and ours.
[For the sake of having a repository for my newspaper columns and articles, I reprint them here, with permission, a week after their run date. The preceding ran in The Forum newspaper on Oct. 6, 2018.]