Ever since the Kavanaugh hearings have been taking place, I have been troubled. Deeply troubled. Initially, I was troubled on many levels:
*As a victim of molestation, harassment and several unwanted very physical advances the narrative brought back several memories and, of course, the pain that accompanies it. I have wept for Dr. Ford - for the constant stream of venom being spewed toward her. I have wept for the many victims out there who have never spoken up and certainly won’t speak up now. Truly only Jesus knows the truth - although I find it hard to believe that anyone would knowingly set themselves up for this kind of spectacle and hatred.
*As a wife of a man who I adore, I have wept for Kavanaugh and for his family. I have cried over what all of them must be going through.
*As a mother of three girls, I have wept for them. Statistics say that that 1 in 3 women will be victimized in some way. So I pray fervently for their safety.
But I have been most troubled AS A CHRISTIAN. I am watching my friends and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ - people that I have admired and looked up to - spew the most hateful and vile things I have ever heard. Mocking her. Demeaning him. Laughing and taking delight in all of this by gleefully reposting “funny” character assassinating memes and jokes about both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh. My beloved friends have made sweeping judgements on both sides.
She’s “bought and paid for by the democrats”, “despicable”, “liar” etc ….
He’s a “disgusting pig”, “probably raped many women”, “liar” etc…
I have read lengthy arguments between fellow believers or, worse, between a Christian and someone who isn’t a believer and have been sickened by the words they seem so comfortable typing out.
The fact is, WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. ONLY JESUS DOES.
Here is what we DO KNOW - as Christians, there is a higher standard we are called to uphold. I keep waiting for someone, anyone, to respond like Jesus. It isn’t just morally wrong to be this combative. The Bible calls it sin. I’ve certainly been guilty of it many times. The tongue is a powerful weapon. The book of James puts it like this:
“No human being can tame the tongue.
It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father,
and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing.
My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
I pray that we would be as quick to pray and show compassion to these people as we are to judge them. I pray that we would be as prepared to share the hope of our salvation as we are to pounce on an opposing point of view. I pray for peace. I pray for mind of Christ. I pray for my brothers and sisters. I pray for the victims. And, like Christ, I will pray for the victimizers as well.