03 Oct

Truth, Justice and the American Way?

I know it’s been ages since my last post. I’ve been dealing with a lot of health and personal issues and getting better every day. I’ve also been re-thinking things… what I want Abiding Ways to be as well as this blog. More to come as I get back to it. 

What is Truth?

This question was asked by Pilate to Jesus as He stood in front of him after being handed over by His own people. (Read it: John 18:33-40). I think that is a question that has puzzled mankind since the beginning of time. Even the serpent questioned truth when he asked Eve “Did God really say that?”

As the United States continues to be divided by a number of issues in the political world I am personally confronted by this same question. Generally in a court of law, evidence is presented and jurors or a judge weighs the evidence to determine who is more truthful. Hopefully this is done without pre-conceptions or biases. Needless to say, no matter how it turns out one side or the other will not be happy.

As did many of us, I watched the testimony of Dr. Ford and Mr. Kavanaugh. If you didn’t watch ALL of it, you have no business even having an opinion!(You CAN watch it on C-Span here) If you can’t set aside all your other beliefs/opinions/bias and view this circumstance – you also don’t have any business commenting one way or the other.

I was pleased at the outcome of the judicial committee’s vote to seek the help of the FBI and further investigate. And now we’re waiting with bated breath to hear what they learned.

As a survivor of sexual assault myself, I confess that as I listened I recalled my own experience, especially about not being able to breathe. I found her to be credible, as far as I could see… and believe that what she spoke is truth as SHE understands it. There was no anger, no seeming ulterior motive and definitely credible.

Mr. Kavanaugh from start to finish (you can see his testimony here) was noticeably angry, emotional and well, if he didn’t do what Dr. Ford said, I guess I’d be angry too. What especially struck me about his testimony is his own animosity and use of talking points which I previously heard from other members of the Republican side of the aisle. Also, there were a few questions he didn’t want to answer even when pressed. And more recently, as more people come forward, it appears that he lied under oath to the Judicial Committee. Summarizing, his character is in question, his anger and personal bias are disarming and well, lacking in judicial temperament. And more than any accusations of assault-THIS is why I cannot support him. As we learn more about him through investigative agencies and journalists it seems he may not have been truthful about his early life or his public life.

Just a side note… when he was first nominated, I heard and read much about his leaning toward over-turning Roe v. Wade-the Supreme Court decision that basically says that women have a right to control their own bodies, health and reproductive decisions including abortion and contraception.

In a discussion via Facebook Messenger, I was asked by a fellow believer why I hated Donald Trump. Truthfully, I don’t hate him, I just don’t trust him, believe he has the character and temperament or knowledge to be where he is and as we learn more about him in the news and through various investigations, I suspect my opinion will be confirmed. Anyway, in the conversation I had I asked “…and why do you support him?” The answer I got was “He is anti-abortion”. In a phone conversation with a sister believer I asked why she voted for Trump and she said pretty much the same thing. People at church said he is against abortion. These two live in separate parts of the country but it seems the only qualification for voting is “anti-abortion”. Is that any reason to vote for someone (employ him to represent the USA) – a singular issue that was sadly preached from the pulpit or other Christian gatherings? It is NOT a “pro-life” issue and anyone who says Trump is pro-life is deceiving themselves. This is the same man who took children away from their parents and put them in prison. Seemingly for illegal immigration but dare I say it… his racism/bigotry is showing. The Office of Inspector General (government watchdog) just released this report as to all the things that went wrong with just this one policy. Consider also the “Muslim ban”, gender restrictions, and fomenting division throughout this country. I always thought real leadership, especially in a president was to foster unity, peace etc. around the world and at home. Most depressing to me is that we left the United Nations Human Rights Council, pointing specifically to this body’s view of the Israel/Palestine conflict. There is so much more I could say about actions of this president/administration that is just not right, moral, peacemaking, or even admirable and should I dare say it Un-Christian!

My views on abortion are simple… I hate that there is a NEED for abortion. In this day of birth control (which this administration is also trying to reduce by wanting to defund and otherwise malign Planned Parenthood) and simply say “don’t do it” all the while seeming to support someone for a Justice on the Supreme Court being accused of sexual assault… well, it just doesn’t sit right with me. Abortion is a LEGAL, safe medical procedure. Should it become otherwise where women are incarcerated, doctors are jailed and persecuted, it will revert to back alleys and coat hangars and more dead women and babies which seems to be what the anti-abortion faction wants to prevent.

Needless to say there is much controversy about when life begins. Scripture talks about “the breath of life” (Gen. 1:30 Gen.2:7, Gen. 6:17,Gen. 7:15,Gen.7:22, Rev. 11:11). It can be interpreted that life begins when we take our first breath. Another phrase in scripture to consider is “for the life is in the blood” ) Lev. 17:11,  Deut. 12:23 ) After a bit of internet googling, this happens at about the11th week of development as cells. Both of these biblical signs of life are, to me, views that dispel the “Life begins at conception” theory of anti-abortion advocates… and therefore is not “murder”. Note also that Jesus and scripture never specifically talks about abortion.

Getting back to TRUTH….
Is evidence truth? Are proven facts truth? It seems in our animosity and taking sides no matter what’s right or wrong we’ve lost sight of the unity that is supposed to be a hallmark of the Church. Scripture tells of what happens when a nation is divided

(Read 1 Kings 16:21-28  )  … taking note that while Omri won the battle he was also EVIL) and Paul warned about factions and division in his letter to the Galatians ( Gal. 5:19-20 ) … all these things Paul talked about… not commendable in a judge of the people either!

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