November 4, 2018

“Don’t Judge Me!”

Whew! I’m glad it’s over!

No, I’m not talking about a visit to the dentist for a root canal, but the recent contentious Senate hearings related to the confirmation of now United States Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen people so extremely upset (no, angry) related to the allegations that Kavanaugh had in the past sexually assaulted several women.

Why did people feel so strongly about his appointment? Bottom line: they felt that someone was lying about those allegations, either Kavanaugh or the women who came forward to accuse him.

After days and days of hearings, questions, answers, and an FBI investigation, with more questions and answers, many people still feel that he was guilty and got away with it. If so, I understand why they’re incensed. It’s the only logical conclusion for those who aren’t Christian, and don’t believe in an all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-present God who in the end will make all things right.

Just to be clear: I’m not advocating about the Kavanaugh situation one way or the other. My point is simply that only two people know with 100-percent certainty if he is actually guilty of any or all of those horrible things that he is alleged to have done: Brett Kavanaugh and God.

Fair, Righteous, and True

Contrast a non-Christian’s worldview with what God in the Bible has to say about God’s perfect judgment.

Moses (who, by the way, had the headache of appointing his own judges [see Ex. 18:13-27]) wrote this about God: “He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he” (Deut. 32:4, NIV).

The Bible has a lot to say about right, wrong, and judgment. The apostle Paul wrote: “Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, ‘I will take revenge; I will pay them back,’ says the Lord” (Rom. 12:17-19, NLT).

It should bring us peace to know that in the end God will right every wrong. He is perfect. Which means, by extension, that His judgments are perfect. But more than that, God doesn’t expect all humanity just to take His word for it. In fact, at the end of time God will do something that not even the Supreme Court of the United States will allow us to do: He will let us “look at the books,” so to speak.

After the righteous who have died in Christ have been caught up in the air with those who are still alive when Jesus returns to this earth, they will all spend 1,000 years in heaven with God. That time is purposeful, because the Bible tells us that all humanity redeemed by God will personally review each and every decision that God has made (see Rev. 20). After that they will unanimously agree: “Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments” (Rev. 16:7, NIV). Then and only then will Satan, his demons, and the evil dead be destroyed forever, never to reign or sin again.

It should bring us great peace to know that no matter what happened with Brett Kavanaugh and those women, or what happened (or is happening) with us and with those we know and love, God will make it right. No, He’ll make it perfect; because He is perfect.

Omar Miranda, a counselor and writer, lives with his family in unplain Plainville, Georgia.