It seemed that all of America was riveted by the Senate Judiciary hearings, regarding the sexual allegations made against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. So, I believe it is worth looking at the significance and meaning of all that was taking place. In many issues, there is often a ‘presenting problem.’ But behind each problem, you often find the ‘real issues.’ Kavanaugh’s case is an example of that, so let us first look at the ‘presenting or natural issues’ and then let us look at the ‘real issue’ behind what was happening.
Kavanaugh was no angel, growing up in high school and college. Brett Kavanaugh, on his own admission liked beer and often drank too much. Here are his own words,“My friends and I sometimes got together and had parties on weekends. The drinking age was 18 in Maryland for most of my time in high school and was 18 in D.C. for all of my time in high school. I drank beer with my friends. Almost everyone did. Sometimes I had too many beers. Sometimes others did. I liked beer. I still like beer. But I did not drink beer to the point of blacking out, and I never sexually assaulted anyone. (www.washingtonpost.com)”
There is probably no question that Dr. Ford experienced a sexual assault, but there was no evidence, except for her own testimony, that it involved Brett Kavanaugh. Rachel Mitchell, who interviewed Dr. Ford on behalf of the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee, pointed out that “A ‘he said, she said’ case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them.” Consequently, based on 25 years experience as a prosecutor, Mitchell stated, “I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard (www.documentcloud.org)”
Kavanaugh was, however, counted as guilty by the opposition and it was as if he had to prove he was innocent. The “rule of law,” meaning that Americans are governed by laws, not by individuals, states that “In the United States, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty. (www.wabash.edu)” This presumption of innocence is the foundation of our liberties and protects us all from wrongful prosecution.
SENATOR SUSAN COLLINS
Senator Susan Collins gave a brilliant and passionate speech that put it all in proper perspective.
“This is not a criminal trial, and I do not believe that claims such as these need to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Nevertheless, fairness would dictate that the claims at least should meet a threshold of “more likely than not” as our standard.
The facts presented do not mean that Professor Ford was not sexually assaulted that night – or at some other time – but they do lead me to conclude that the allegations fail to meet the “more likely than not” standard. Therefore, I do not believe that these charges can fairly prevent Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the Court. (www.nytimes.com)”
Without going any further, one needs to say this regarding the allegations. It is impossible to know exactly what, if anything, happened. It becomes, as Rachel Mitchell stated, ‘a he said, she said’ situation (www.documentcloud.org). Dr. Ford states she is 100 percent sure it was Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh consistently has denied that the sexual assault ever took place.
It would take a book or more to go through all the related aspects to the case, such as why were the allegations made in a letter to Senator Feinstein and not revealed till the 11th hour, instead of being reported to the local authorities would have investigated the allegations. It can easily be seen as a delaying tactic to put back the confirmation until after the mid-term elections for political reasons.
At the same time, one has to recognize the seriousness of such allegations and the effect that sexual assault has had on women (and men) across the years. Based on her testimony, you can’t help but feel for Dr. Ford. Senator Collins stated, “Watching her, Mr. President, I could not help but feel that some people who wanted to engineer the defeat of this nomination cared little, if at all, for her well-being.” You can easily get the feeling that Dr. Ford was used by others and that she must have been wounded by all that happened. (www.nytimes.com)”
I would commend the article ‘Is their Healing after the Kavanaugh Crisis?’ by Lee Grady, one-time editor of Charisma Magazine, which gives insightful comments about this case as it relates to cases of sexual assault.
THE REAL ISSUES
Behind the events of the Senate Judiciary Hearings is a deeper spiritual reason for all that has been happening. Steve Strang, the founder of Charisma Magazine, interviewed his friend Pastor Frank Amedia, about what was really happening in the nation at present, especially in regard to the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. Frank was the first person Steve knew that told him, well ahead of time, that Donald Trump would become President. In the interview, Amedia states, “This is clearly about abortion . . . This is clearly about the life of the unborn child. This is clearly about the same murderous spirit that took over when Moses was being born and Pharaoh declared that all the Hebrew boys would be destroyed. (Charisma 9/25/2018)”
Cindy Jacobs, nationally known prophetic voice had this to say, “We need to remember that we are battling the powers of wickedness that are the same as the ones that fed off of the shedding of innocent blood during the days of Jezebel. Spirits such as Molech and Jezebel are still at work to influence the political process. . . .The strongman of Molech is losing its grip on America and doing everything it can to hurt and influence people. However, the days of its control are numbered. (Charisma 9/27/2018)”
A WAR IS GOING ON IN THE NATION
We, as a nation, are divided; more so than any time since the Civil War. Jesus said, “a kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. (Matthew 12:25)” Now, some would see this as a division and a battle between the left and the right for the control in Washington and the nation’s future.
It is more than that! Paul declares in Ephesians 6:12 that, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
The real reason that people have fought against the appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is ‘abortion.’ People realized that the appointment of another conservative judge to the court would tilt the court to the right. You only have to observe the protests that occurred during the initial three day Senate Judicial hearing to see what was going on. Dana Singiser, vice president for public policy and government affairs at Planned Parenthood Action Fund told CNN in an interview outside of the hearing room, “We were ready to go and hit the ground running to make sure that everyone understood what was at stake with this particular seat being the deciding seat for us, for so many things that people care about from Roe v. Wade . . . (CNN 9/5/2018)”
It is a spiritual battle. The spirit of abortion was behind what is happening in Washington. It is definitely a war, a spiritual war.
R.T. Kendall, well known Bible teacher and author declared, before the final vote on Kavanaugh, “And what is going on at the moment to derail him, to me, is from the satanic world. Satan doesn’t want anybody like that in the Supreme Court. And it would give a great advantage to the views that are most closely akin to Scripture. (Charisma 10/1/2018)”
A CONTINUAL CALL FOR PRAYER
Back in 2016, many evangelical Christians were praying. Now is not the time to stop. We cannot stop because Kavanaugh has been appointed to the Supreme Court. We need to continue to pray for him, the Supreme Court, and for the next appointment, possibly in the not too distant future. The battle is intense, but the future of America is at stake. God still has a plan and a purpose for America to be a city set on a hill, a light to the nations, and a defender of Israel. But we must remember that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for the pulling down of strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:5). So the call to believers at this time is to use those weapons and pray!