It’s hard to find anyone in the country who doesn’t have either positive or negative feelings about the nation’s newest Supreme Court Justice.
After having his name smeared with vicious and false accusations, if anyone has a right to be resentful, it’s Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Yet, he has proven his upstanding character by keeping his promise to “heed the message of Matthew 25” and “overcome evil with good.”
If you’ve been paying attention, you probably know Justice Kavanaugh’s story.
The Montgomery County, Maryland native held an unblemished career in law and public service, spending 12 years as a federal judge on what’s considered the nation’s second highest court, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.
Justice Anthony Kennedy himself, hero of the liberal establishment, administered the oath to Kavanaugh that marked him as the official 114th Supreme Court Justice of America.
It wasn’t their first time meeting, though. Kavanaugh was a clerk for Kennedy in 1993.
According to Christian Today, “His ceremonial swearing-in marked the first time in US history that a retiring Supreme Court justice administered the oath to someone who once worked for him to fill the seat he vacated.”
Many have suggested that according to inside sources, Justice Kennedy was in full support of Kavanaugh replacing his seat on the Supreme Court.
Yet even this kind of implicit support could not keep the radical left from pulling out all the stops to destroy Kavanaugh’s career.
His journey to become a Supreme Court Justice was, “… one of the most bitterly contested, drama-filled political squabbles in recent memory.”
Vicious and false allegations abounded, each more absurd and outlandish than the last.
Yet still, Democrat Senators used these allegations to force additional hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay and try to derail Kavanaugh’s confirmation altogether.
Finally, after a gauntlet of scrutiny no honest and decent man should have to endure, the vote was taken and Kavanaugh was confirmed 50-48 on partisan lines.
All but one Republican voted yes, and all but one Democrat voted no.
After his official swearing in, Kavanaugh gave an acceptance speech as is customary for the occasion.
Kavanaugh, though a steady and wise man, is not unfamiliar to emotion and empathy.
There were times he choked up, particularly when he spoke of his family and the “contentious and emotional” process it took to finally become confirmed.
But showing enormous grace and magnanimity, Kavanaugh called for reconciliation.
“That process is over. My focus now is to be the best justice I can be. I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness. On the Supreme Court I will seek to be a force for stability and unity. My goal is to be a great justice for all Americans and for all of America. I will work very hard to achieve that goal.”
As great as a man wishes to be, too often the human heart wants revenge and personal justice before it can clearly see the justice of others. Only a supernatural power can overcome our fallen humanity.
“Although the Senate confirmation process tested me, as it has tested others, it did not change me. My approach to judging remains the same. A good judge must be an umpire, a neutral and impartial decider who favors no litigant or policy.”
“I will continue to volunteer to serve the least fortunate among us. I will continue to coach, teach, and tutor. I will continue to strive to be a good friend, colleague, husband, and dad.”
So what has empowered Kavanaugh to take the high road and overcome the resentment that most would be feeling in his position?
During his speech, Kavanaugh pointed to Matthew 25 and very seriously promised to “heed the message” within it.
That’s the chapter where Jesus speaks about the parable of the ten virgins, the parable of the talents, and then the final judgement.
What Kavanaugh was saying is that his life approach is modeled after Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me.”
This approach isn’t an option. For believers in God, as Kavanaugh echoed, this is meant to be a way of life. This should be how we interact everyday with everyone.
There were several people creating a marvelous “cloud of witnesses,” as the Bible speaks about – ones Kavanaugh could see by sight.
In his hearing, many mighty men of faith affirmed and confirmed this monumental occasion, thanking God for ordaining such a man who will administer justice to the country.
Namely, as Christianity Today writes:
“Evangelical leaders in attendance for the swearing-in ceremony included members of President Trump’s evangelical advisory board, such as pastor Paula White, First Baptist of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, evangelist Franklin Graham, and Prestonwood Baptist Church pastor Jack Graham. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson and Family Research Council president Tony Perkins were also present.”
The other two parables in Matthew 25 also speak to vigilance, readiness, and mercy. These are the intentions of Kavanaugh’s season as a Supreme Court Justice for the United States.
“As a Justice on the Supreme Court I will always strive to preserve the Constitution of the United States, and the American rule of law.”
Kavanaugh now works to bring strength and unity to the entire country by maintaining his firm standing. His ground is the right and solid rock, and from this position, he is assisting God’s justice to be served and mercy to be rightly administered.
Please pray for Kavanaugh and his family.
They are still the brunt of a lot of hate and national disagreement. May God watch over Kavanaugh’s every step and continue to keep him upstanding according to righteous principles.
This is the only way he will find sustaining strength for himself, and also wisdom for America.