The news about the new nominee for Supreme Court Justice is percolating just beneath the surface of nightly news. You know it is there. You know that Democrats will be against Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination on principle. Likewise, Republicans will be for it.
Never mind that he might be the most qualified nominee ever. Never mind that activists disrespect the Courts, the Congress and the Presidency in their mindless hysteria to keep him out of the position. He is to be vilified, calumniated, and detracted against because that is the only objection they can have against him. What happens is a lessening of our respect for the Congress, the Courts and the Presidency. It is a perilous position to take but one of desperation because they know the Supreme Court will likely be beyond their influence, if he should be nominated.
THE MODERN TOWER OF BABEL
This blog is about my Lectio Divina (Phil 2:5) and the way that we are warned against the foolishness of judging others. Supreme Court Justices notwithstanding, each of us actually do make judgements every moment we live. These are called choices. Our species evolved from the intelligence common all animals have to reason, peculiar to only humans, Sentient reasoning then evolved to the point of making choices. ones based on certain criteria. These criteria were formulated by clans, tribes or groups holding a viewpoint. History is a record of these struggles to hold principles which are authentic and those which lead to the destruction of society or individuals. It also chronicles the power struggles of some political or religious groups to inflict their world view or moral compass on others. All the religions of the world have ways to look at reality. They can’t all be correct because they conflict with each other, yet groups of these sentient thinkers, such as scientists, philosophers, political adherents, religionists, economics, and so on, all have languages peculiar view of reality. It is like the storied Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. the indication that people once had just one language and accomplished an impossible feat, to build a tower together. This story is an archetypal representation that humans find it very difficult to come together to agree on anything due to the various languages they speak. Scientists have a different set of assumptions about reality than do spiritual thinkers. Spiritual thinkers do not agree among themselves as to what their principles are (Muslims, Jews,, Christians, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindi, to name just a few). Drilling down even further, not all Muslims agree, nor do Christians (Orthodox, Catholic Universalists, Protestants, Mormons). The proliferation of beliefs (assent of the mind to a set of principles) is a choice, one that is not always respected by groups who hold that they alone hold the truth and everyone else should conform to their view as the correct one. It is the classic struggle of humans to allow choice.
JUDGEMENT AND MERCY
The problem for me comes when I must choose a way of thinking that precludes other choices, ones that are not compatible with what others believe, yet allow them to hold their own set of values peculiar to their assumptions. I may not agree with any of their beliefs, or we my hold just one or two principles in common. Judgement of the worth of what I hold to be true must be tempered by justice and mercy. Justice means I must be true to my belief system and mercy is how I allow others to be free to hold what they want, without losing the core of my belief and heritage. I hold that I have the truth from Christ, who is the way, and also the life, if I am faithful to the command: love others as I have loved you., says Christ.