“A false witness will not go unpunished,
And he who tells lies will perish.”
There are only two witnesses in the Kavanaugh hearings today, which was apparently the decision of the chair of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Grassley, in spite of the requests made by the Ranking Member, Senator Feinstein, that additional witnesses be called and a full investigation be conducted by the FBI.
Dr. Blasey Ford is about halfway through her testimony as of this writing. She has been compelling and honest and she has shared very personal and painful memories with the Judiciary Committee as the entire world watches.
Later this afternoon, Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in and he will give an opening statement and then be questioned by committee members for an estimated two hours.
Judge Kavanaugh will be asked to take an oath to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help him God.”
He will then be under oath. Once a person is under oath, if they offer testimony which they know to be false or untrue, it would be considered perjury, which is a felony.
This cannot be lost on Judge Kavanaugh, a lawyer and judge.
There is no “my fingers were crossed” or other type of three second rule when testifying under oath.
It’s a big deal, no “kind of” about it.
In addition to being a judge and a lawyer, Brett Kavanaugh is also a self-proclaimed practicing and observant Catholic, active in his church since he was a child, supported by his calendar entries from 1982 as well as his recent televised statements from the interview he gave with his wife.
As a fellow Christian, I hope that Judge Kavanaugh understands that there is a Judge higher than himself and higher than the Supreme Court of the United States who will be listening to his testimony this afternoon.
““Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord,
“And not a God far off?
“Can a man hide himself in hiding places
So I do not see him?” declares the Lord.
“Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.”
God will be both a witness to the hearing as well as a Judge of the earthly jurist Kavanaugh.
God already knows the answers to the questions we are all asking today – questions which the Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking answers to in today’s hearing.
Is Brett Kavanaugh being honest with the American people and the United States Senate?
Has Brett Kavanaugh ever been “blacked out” drunk?
Was Brett Kavanaugh at the summer house party in question?
Does Brett Kavanaugh’s calendar provide an alibi for his whereabouts that night?
Did Brett Kavanaugh sexually assault Christine Blasey when they were in high school?
Did Brett Kavanaugh sexually assault or abuse other women in high school and college, as several women have alleged in recent days?
Dr. Blasey Ford has said there were at least four people at the sparsely furnished, two story suburban Maryland house that awful summer night.
She has testified today that there may have been more – that she may not have seen everyone there or that the trauma from the night’s events may have dimmed her memory of all the people who were there.
There was Someone else who was most definitely there that night.
God was there.
He was there and He was with a young Christine Blasey on a night that she would never be able to forget, a night that would haunt her and terrorize her and which tried to destroy her, but which by God’s grace and much determination and perseverance, she has persisted and pressed on, refusing to succumb to the consequences of evil and wickedness.
For those who would ask why God didn’t stop whomever sexually assaulted Christine Blasey that night, the answer is two words – free will. God has given us free will to choose good or evil, right or wrong. It is a choice we all must make every day, often many times during a day. This is one of the mysteries and challenges of God’s ways – and we are reminded that His ways are not ours throughout His Word.
Perhaps God did intervene and prevented further atrocities when one person jumped on the bed, allowing Christine Blasey to escape and flee into the summer night.
As a side note, if you have ever been the victim of an acutely stressful or violent incident, you know quite personally that there are details that you cannot remember, even details like how you got home or what was the exact date and time of the incident.
Experts can speak to the brain’s role in this – some suggest that it is a coping mechanism, allowing the person to survive the ordeal and escape, and some offer that it is a way for the victim to manage the overwhelming amount of stress, fear and anxiety that are coursing through them in the moments after the event, blocking some peripheral details as the brain and body process what very well may have been a life and death experience.
Later this afternoon, when Judge Kavanaugh stands up and raises his right hand, sitting on the other side of the bench as it were, he will be testifying before not only the Senate Judiciary Committee, he will also be testifying before his God and his heavenly Judge.
While God is the Judge of our eternity, the Bible teaches us that He is also the Judge of today – the Judge of all things on earth. He sees all things, He knows all things – and He cannot be lied to or deceived.
“And men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on earth!””
Judge Kavanaugh has expressed that he is active in his church and that he is a follower of Jesus Christ. We who have accepted Christ as our Savior know that while our sins are forgiven, we still must give an account before our God for everything we have done on this earth. The Bible is very clear that we are all sinners, we have all sinned and we are all in desperate need of a Savior.
Even though we are covered in the redeeming and forgiving blood of our Savior who is the sacrifice for our sins and His righteousness is imputed to us as His followers, we will still stand before our God and give an account for the things we said and the things we did – and the things we failed to do and say when we ought to have spoken up and done something.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Cor. 5:10
God’s Word teaches us that the grace of Christ is not cheap and that knowing that we are saved should never be used as a license to sin, expecting God’s grace to cover our evil actions.
The Apostle Paul wrote the following in his letter to the Romans:
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?” Rom. 6:1-3
When Judge Kavanaugh takes the stand this afternoon, he must be committed to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
When he rises, raises his right hand and utters those words “I do” or “I will” in response to the oath, he must also be mindful and faithful to the ninth commandment:
““You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16
When he offers testimony as to whether or not he sexually assaulted his neighbor and peer, Christine Blasey, on a summer night in a house just outside the Beltway, not far from the steps of One First Street and Capitol Hill, he will be under oath – to his country and to his King.
God’s Word is quite clear that we reap what we sow. While the depravity of humanity may think that it can get away with sin and evil, praise God that His justice is at times poetic and always perfect. Eventually, we all reap what we sow.
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Gal. 6:7
“For they sow the wind
And they reap the whirlwind.” Hosea 8:7a
God’s Word teaches us that sin cannot be hidden. It always is found out. Maybe not at first.
But eventually, always, sin is found out.
And make no mistake. Sin is always known by God and it is always seen by God.
As Adam and Eve quickly found out in the Garden of Eden – and so many have learned for themselves in the years since – we cannot hide from God.
“But if you will not do so, behold, you have sinned against the Lord, and be sure your sin will find you out.” Num. 32:23
I trust that the members of the Judiciary Committee, as well as the entire United States Senate, will fulfill their responsibilities as elected representatives of the citizens of the United States and will carry out their duty to advise and consent with regard to the president’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh as an Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States.
May they fulfill their duties to the best of their abilities. And may they also remember that they too are under oath as United States senators.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
May they not show partiality in their judgment of this matter. And may they never call the wicked righteous in their service as United States senators. May they be wise and may they be faithful in seeking the truth in their deliberations and make their decisions.
“These also are sayings of the wise.
To show partiality in judgment is not good.
He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous,”
Peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him;
But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,
And a good blessing will come upon them.”
May we remind Judge Kavanaugh that he is under oath this afternoon.
To his King and to his country.
So help him God.
“Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.”