Yesterday, the United States was fixated on the U.S. Senate committee hearing for U.S. Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Citizens of all kinds glued their eyes to their smartphone and computer screens, huddled around televisions, checked their Twitter feeds, listened to radio, and spoke with neighbors. It was a day of sadness; many Americans felt that they were watching their nation disintegrate before their very eyes.
Due to the nature of the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, it was a particular riveting day for two groups of people: the victims of sexual abuse and victims of false accusations. Deep wounds of such survivors were opened again emotionally, especially for those who have never seen justice in their plight. They wondered “What is God doing, and why must my memories of such hurtful moments be stoked?” We need to pray for and support these victims as they grieve and seek justice.
But let’s not forget to pray for two other groups of people who should have been traumatized by the things they saw and heard yesterday: sexual abuse perpetrators and false accusers. Especially those who have never been called out or who have never been caught. This is not to say that these sins are equal in frequency or severity, but for the person who has committed one or the other, it is the sin of which they are guilty.
Deep within, the guilty must have had their consciences pricked even if they were sitting among friends. They must have trembled at the thought of sitting before such a panel. They must have been reminded that nothing has been done in secret that will not be revealed. They must have known all over again that they will stand before the Judge who judges justly.
Let’s pray that the Lord will work in hearts to lead the guilty to confess and forsake their sins, to seek forgiveness and restitution. May they find mercy before the Lord who has provided atonement for sinners such as these through the blood of his only Son. Jesus was falsely accused and he was abused by the very people he came to redeem. That's hope!
I don’t know all that the Lord is doing. But he is bringing these two particular sins to our attention as a nation. Is it possible that the Lord would work revival by bringing conviction of sin to those who are guilty and, as yet, unrepentant? God is not idle. He is doing far more than simply presiding over an empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. May the guilty who wince within as they watch the news these days be humbled. May they find hope in a God who stands opposed to them at present but who is far more forgiving than they could ever imagine if they would only repent.
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,
but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
Blessed is the one who fears the LORD always,
but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity. - Proverbs 28:13-14
Note: This article has been updated to emphasize the point that fact that not all sins are equal in frequecy or degree.