I’m not sure if I’ll actually publish this post.
Because I make a very conscious choice not to get into politics on here.
But I have a bee under my bonnet, and I figure this is my space so technically I can do whatever I want… right?
I’m not even going to bother with pictures or a lengthy intro, I’m just going to get into it:
lets talk about Brett Kavanaugh.
And just to clarify… this is mostly for my Christian friends.
Because we’re not going to talk about whether or not we think he’s guilty (I do), and we’re not going to talk about whether or not we think he’s fit for the job (I don’t), and we’re not even going to talk about how a man as divisive as him is maybe not the best way to unite our already fractured country…
We’re going to talk about this “notion” I’ve been seeing passed around by some of my Christian friends on Facebook that the things we’ve done in our past shouldn’t matter in the present…
I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but that is not what the Bible models for us.
One person in particular was “pointing out” (I put that in apostrophes because it was more of a rant) that there were a lot of biblical characters that made mistakes, but God still used them.
Which is true.
100% all of the people mentioned in scripture were deeply flawed. You can’t be human and not be flawed.
while these people were flawed, they were also held accountable.
Let me refresh your memory:
Moses didn’t listen to God, and while God still used him, he didn’t get to enter the promised land.
Jacob deceived his father, and while God still used him, his sin developed into a fractious and dysfunctional family.
Joseph was arrogant and goaded his brothers, and while God still used him, he was painfully separated from his father.
King David killed a man for his wife, and while God still used him and even though he repented, he payed dearly with the death of his first son with Bathsheba.
I could go on.
(in response to those who have said I didn’t use any New Testament examples:
We obviously have less narrative in the New Testament to go off of, but a few examples that come to mind:
Paul very publicly calling out Peter for being a coward… God obviously still used Peter, but his reputation was tarnished.
Oh and there was the small matter of Ananias and Sapphira that we can’t pass over)
My point is:
God eagerly and often uses flawed and messy people, but He does not shield them from the consequences of their sin.
So whether or not you believe Kavanaugh is guilty, whether or not you think God can use Him, don’t clumsily extrapolate scripture to hold up a worldview you insist on holding.
Scripture is not here for us to use and mold to fit our political bent…
Scripture does not exist as a tool for you to get “your” judge nominated.
And Scripture is most definitely not a hall pass for acting however you want with the expectation that grace will “take care of it.”
So put your Bibles down (unless you intend on reading them, in which case, please do pick them up).
Karin a.k.a. golden tongue (yes I just compared myself to a saint. yes I am joking).