Christ and The Pharisees
The video below shows the speech Senator Susan Collins gave when she explained her reasons for voting for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. It was a good speech. Collins provided an excellent defense of the legal tradition the requires a presumption of innocence.
Susan Collins’ Strong Speech describes the speech just about the way I would (contains link to a transcript too). As a Conservative I too pray that Collins has underestimated Kavanaugh’s Conservativism, but I doubt she has. Frankly, I expect very few judges at any level on the Federal judicary would overturn same-sex “marriage”, and I suspect there is even less chance any would overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. We usually don’t think of our well off, highly educated elites as being brainwashed, and they are not. Yet they are heavily indoctrinated. To succeed in their professions, they must participate in their indoctrination with great enthusiasm. That should make both them and us wary of the potential for bias in their instruction.
Collins expressed some concerns about our divisions. Here is where she comes closest to an explanation.
We live in a time of such great disunity, as the bitter fight over this nomination both in the Senate and among the public clearly demonstrates. It is not merely a case of differing groups having different opinions. It is a case of people bearing extreme ill will toward those who disagree with them. In our intense focus on our differences, )we have forgotten the common values that bind us together as Americans. When some of our best minds are seeking to develop even more sophisticated algorithms designed to link us to websites that only reinforce and cater to our views, we can only expect our differences to intensify. (from here)
I suppose we would be ill-advised to put too much into those words. Collins sought to explain her vote for Kavanaugh, not to heal our nation’s divisions, but does she grasp the cause for our divisions?
Why do we have strife (James 4:1-5)? Isn’t the answer obvious? It seems that way. Live and let live is an old philosophy for getting along with others. It involves a simple compromise. Live your own way, and let others, your neighbors, live their own way.
So why don’t have a simple compromise that allows us to live in peace? Why do we have law libraries, judges, juries, prisons, policemen, and so forth? Why do we have armies, navies, and air forces prepared to destroy nations? To live, must we literally threaten each others lives and then allow each other to live? Is Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) the only means we have for peace?
Why doesn’t the simple solution work? Doesn’t the Bible provide the best explanation? Instead of loving our neighbors, we love ourselves too much. We are too full of pride, too full of ourselves to care about anyone else.
When we read how Jesus castigated the Pharisees and the scribes (Matthew 23)– the teachers of the law — we must remember that these men were held up in great esteem by the Jews. They regarded them as the best and the most religious among them. Yet Jesus said the works of the Pharisees would not save them (Matthew 5:17-20). They were still sinners. In fact, they were guilty of a grave sin. They had twisted the law, the words of the Bible, to serve themselves instead of the Will of God (Mark 7:1-23).
Because we are a nation of free men and women, we all have the opportunity to behave like the Pharisees, the Sadducees, and the scribes — the teachers of the law. When we obey the Bible, our Constitution, legal codes, regulations, traffic laws, codes of conduct, and so forth; we can pretend to obey. We can even pretend that what is written says something it does not. Then, when it seems we have gotten away with our hypocrisies, we can point to precedent and praise the “stability” brought about by our time honored lies. However, as Jesus told the Pharisees, only the truth, not lies, sets us free (John 8:31-36).