Things That I Have Learned Through the Brett Kavanaugh Ordeal
I have learned a lot about human nature through the agreements and disagreements over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the supreme court. Unfortunately, it does not reveal a pretty picture of humanity; especially my own.
1. Pride and Contention
We are proud and contentious people. Proverbs 13:10 says, “only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.” Wisdom is an attribute of God’s Spirit. The well advised would be called “peace makers” in Matthew 5. How much effort do I (or you) put into being humble and therefore not contentious. This is not the same as not expressing your position on an issue. It is your attitude toward others who hold positions on that issue that may or may not differ from yours (or mine).
Do I express my position for the purpose of making you agree with me or do I express my position to make you and I both better people? The Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers.” Do I speak with the intent of ministering grace to you? Anything less than that is corrupt.
I have discovered in myself an unwillingness to want to minister grace to some people. (it is not because of the disagreement, it is because of my proud perception of them). If I like you, I will minister grace to you, even if I disagree with you. That is so wrong on my part.
There is a struggle to humble myself that never goes away. I want to be heard. I think that I have a God given right to be heard. I want to say all that I think (even if it hurts you).
Behind all this is a false belief that I am better than you, my opinions are of more value than yours.
The Apostle Paul in perhaps the greatest chapter in the Bible on humility says, “But in lowliness of mind let each (one of us) esteem other (people) better than themselves.” The word “better” means “of more value”, or “of greater importance and priority” than my priorities. Philippians 2:3
Paul goes on to say that this is the mind that Jesus Christ had when he came to earth to die for us. He humbled himself and became God’s servant and our servant and obeyed this even to the cross upon which he died. You can not value anyone more than this and you cannot help anyone (even though you are right in what you think – Jesus was right) unless you are willing to humble yourself and die for them.
Die means “keep your mouth shut sometimes”. It means to give your time and money to and for them. It means to sacrifice with no expectation of them giving back to you in any way, including agreeing with you. It is selfless.
God says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for THEY shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9.
I would like to be a peacemaker. It goes against everything that is “normal” in my human nature.