No editorial piece on this planet could possibly do full, unbiased, factful justice to the complicated news cycle we find our nation thrust into with the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings. Without wanting to wade into the waters of an opinionated op-ed, I do, however, think it’s important to comment on what Kingdom love would and should look like in painful times like this—times where passions are understandably high, pain palpable, lives turned upside-down and the media circus unrelenting.
Over and over I hear in my spirit, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Jesus’ response to those looking to ruthlessly torture and murder a woman caught in sexual sin. And as I meditate on His response, it demands my decisive action. Will I match His love? Will, I choose not judgment, but instead seek understanding, love and grace to all parties involved?
But that kind of love, that kind of action—how can one articulate such wealth? It’s seeming impossibility too much for my confused loaded brain to understand. Why? Because, more often than not, that kind of unwavering love is too rich for our justice-seeking minds to understand. That kind of love is grating, obscene and free to all. It means that division has no place and that the judgment we wield over our fellow human has no place. This reality is unnerving, and at times infuraiting—but it doesn’t make it any less real or true. The fact remains, this kind of love is the only acceptable expression in times like this.
Try as I may to fully articulate all that I feel, words have failed me. Words that would do justice to the complexity we find ourselves facing as a nation. But they did not fail Christeena Kale who painted perfectly in a Facebook post today what I want to live out as the news updates and torrent of division continues to unravel before me.
“So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her…And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” —John 8