It’s been less than a week since one of the most divisive Supreme Court nomination fights ended with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court. Many Christians and white evangelicals gleefully celebrated the shifting of the Supreme Court to an ultraconservative majority that could eventually overturn the Roe V Wade decision that legalized abortion. They claimed that it is a sign from God and an answer to decades of prayer. Others expressed equally strong disappointment that Kavanaugh was confirmed considering concerns about his temperament which resulted from his hysterical response to the charges of sexual assault.
One of the most disturbing things I read during the confirmation battle was an explanation by a pastor I follow on Facebook. The pastor callously declared that though she was a survivor of sexual assault, she did not believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. She continued that the claims were “a subversive attempt by liberal activists to stop a MAN OF INTEGRITY because they have NO MORALS, NO INTEGRITY because they have NO MORAL COMPASS!!!!”
To all of that, I say that her words are a perfect example of evangelical Christians shamefully showing how some can’t recognize or much less show God’s grace to others! The moral compass doesn’t stop at the abortion clinic. The moral compass should extend to people who are hurting like those who are survivors of sexual abuse. James 1:27 cautions about this kind of hypocritical behavior: “Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. (MSG)
It seems to me that those “Christians,” like this pastor who doubted Dr. Ford’s claims of abuse, ignore the words of Matthew 7:1-2 which caution against judging others: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged….” Rather than judging her and other victims of such heinous crimes, more effort should be spent praying and sharing God’s love with them.
Sadly, nearly two years into this presidency, the United States is experiencing greater racial, ethnic, religious and economic divisions. So far, the results of this presidency are unrelenting chaos, confusion and division. Even if your motivation to vote is to support this president’s decisions is because of issues like abortion, there is no scripture to justify continuing to support a man who has proudly displayed racist and sexist as well as bullying behavior.
God will hold accountable those Christians who turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the inflammatory rhetoric and immoral actions of Trump and did not embrace the truth of Matthew 12:33 which reminds us that to “…love your neighbor … is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” In other words, no religious practice/belief or political affiliation should be more important than showing Godly love and kindness to others.
Shewanda Riley is a Dallas, Texas based author of “Love Hangover: Moving From Pain to Purpose After a Relationship Ends” and “Writing to the Beat of God’s Heart: A Book of Prayers for Writers.” Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @shewanda.