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Judge Not?

Oh, oh!  Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of sexually assaulting a young woman some 35 years ago when both were teenagers.  The allegation comes from a professor with the highest credentials, and if it’s true, it’s a serious matter.  I do believe Christine Blasey Ford, that something happened, but how can we know what really took place?  Was there a youthful transgression or something far more sinister?  Is this merely a matter of “he said/she said?” or do these two people simply have vastly different memories or interpretations of what happened?  Why would she make this up?  Why would Kavanaugh lie?

How can anyone sincerely think politics is not in play here?  Kavanaugh has been a responsible, respectable citizen, lawyer, and judge for many years.  So why just now, after such a length of time, is this charge being brought forth?  Should Kavanaugh be disqualified?  Clarence Thomas was accused of similar actions, if memory serves, and today sits on the Supreme Court.

As to the charges, I hope Kavanaugh is not lying in his denials, but the bigger question for each of us may be:  What about the indiscretions and excesses of our own youth?  Can immature mistakes (even sins) made long ago ever be forgiven and transcended?  Is there a role for rehab, mercy, and a fresh start?  Right now it looks tougher to become a Supreme Court nominee than a holy saint!  Not to make excuses for bad behavior, but didn’t Jesus saying something about the way we judge others determining how we will be judged?  I wonder what would suddenly be uncovered if you or I got nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court?  Or, would you rather withdraw right now than go through such harrowing public scrutiny and dissection of your past?

Pastor Jeff