The job of judge in the United States system of jurisprudence is to be above the political fray and to observe conflicts and disagreements and render judgments, ultimately based solely on a fixed, external, permanent system of laws. In our country that is the U.S.Constitution.
Since Brett Kavanaugh has, just as in the other areas of his life, performed so well within those traditional boundaries, he has had little if any opposition on his rise to becoming exceedingly successful in both his educational and professional careers. What’s to oppose?
As it turns out, plenty—as he has discovered in the last few weeks. When one’s career results in arriving at the very pinnacle of our legal system, a Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, all his previous honors, recognition, and acclaim drop completely off the radar of 50% of those who will determine his future. They are replaced by lies, slander, and vicious personal attacks, not only on his own person, but upon his wife and children as well.
Make no mistake, the reason for this vitriolic, bitter opposition is the issue of abortion, the blood-covenant sacrament of the de facto state religion of our land today, humanism. Humanism is man as his own God, making his own laws to follow, eliminating any god outside himself.
Our official, de jure, position in the U.S. Constitution is pluralism, which is that your religion is irrelevant to your politics, i.e., there are many gods and you can pick your favorite. However, man is incurably religious, and pluralism is but a temporary religion while the two main players on the scene in our country, humanism and Christianity, fight it out for supremacy. Kavanaugh is trapped in this war.
Even though he was expecting them, the reality of the attacks was a culture shock to Brett Kavanaugh. He is seen by the humanists as a huge threat to abortion. He is a legal scholar who is anchored to the Constitution, while the freedom to murder babies in the womb was a terrible misapplication of it. It will be corrected eventually, as long as we stay anchored to that document, with justices like Kavanaugh. The humanists know this, and they saw a chance to fend that correction off by keeping Kavanaugh off the court by any means possible; no method is off the table.
Kavanaugh showed the results of his experience in this battle in his Monday interview with Martha MacCallum. He was shell-shocked and seemed to be a helpless victim. I was very fearful of the outcome of the Thursday hearing, particularly after Dr. Ford’s very sympathetic initial testimony.
Did you watch the hearing? Here’s my take.
Was I ever surprised! From the very outset, I saw a brand new Brett Kavanaugh. The weak, confused, unsure victim on Monday had been transformed into a confident, focused, certain conqueror on Thursday! He stood before the committee as an embattled, courageous warrior.
Kavanaugh called out several of his attackers specifically, all Democratic Judicial Committee members, without naming names. He referred to them each as “a certain Democratic member of this committee.” His offensive against his accusers reminded me of Jesus dressing down the Pharisees in Matthew 23.
In the first 12 verses of the chapter, Jesus preaches to “the multitudes and to His disciples” (Matthew 23:1), correcting Pharisaical false teaching and presenting the life of faith instead. Then in verse 13, He begins to speak directly to the Pharisees,
Jesus calls down “woe” upon them eight times, calls them “hypocrites” multiple times, and accuses them of pretending to help the poor while devouring their possessions instead. He called them “blind guides,” actually keeping the people from the kingdom of God while pretending to lead them there. He called them out for “ignoring justice, mercy and faith” while emphasizing much less important issues. They were those who “strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.”
For 24 verses Jesus is a warrior on the attack, swinging the sword of the Word of God with measured yet powerful effectiveness. These two verses toward the end of His diatribe are my favorites: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27, 28).
Can’t you just hear Jesus—voice raised, anger in His voice, wagging His finger in the faces of the Pharisees? .
However, in the very next verse following Jesus’ tirade, He delivers the coup de grace of His message, the beginning of His concluding statement. It is called Jesus’ “lament over Jerusalem:” “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37)!
I believe this verse demonstrates that He delivered that 24 verse attack fearlessly with firmness, conviction, and unwavering conviction, but somehow not with scorn, hatred, revulsion or contempt. He was not wagging His finger at the Pharisees. He delivered His message with love, compassion and mercy, the father of the prodigal son waiting until his son’s eyes are opened.
We are all traveling the same path as Brett Kavanaugh—learning to be warriors in the battle to extend the rule of Jesus Christ over the whole earth, with firmness, never compromising, lowering the standard, or “reaching across the aisle,” but with love and compassion for all who cross our path; “For the fruit of the Spirit is love . . .”