Mercy Over Sacrifice

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

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I always knew I didn’t care for politics. Once I began to see how corrupt it could be and the extent to which people would go in their selfish motives for them, I didn’t want to have anything to do with politics. And what’s going on today in the political arena with regards to the Supreme Court only solidifies its corrupt and cutthroat nature. I thinks it’s worth a view – from God’s perspective.

Currently, the Supreme Court nominee is experiencing the negative effects of the unethical practices of those in government who seek to gain power, or at least prevent those who have differing views from them from obtaining it. Is it not concerning that right when a man goes up for the career position of a lifetime – that can also lead to a possible shift in how the country rules on the sanctity of life – that people begin to try to destroy his chances at that seat, his career, and his family? I believe that it’s a tactic of the opposing politicians and the ever-biased and shady media to attempt to prevent a man from being in a very powerful position.

The way that they are treating a man is ridiculous. There’s the court, the court of public opinion, and the judgment seat of Christ. And I think that the court of public opinion is harsher than the court and can at times be more judgmental than Christ. Jesus said, “With what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you” (Matthew 7:2). The world has no problem with dragging people through the mud with no regard for their well-being, for their families, or for their future because of wrongdoings or perceived wrongdoings. But Christ commands that we forgive in the same way that He has forgiven us of all of our wrongdoing (Colossians 3:13).

I’m not in any way excusing or promoting any sinful behavior that anyone does; that is not what the Lord does. He covers our sins with His blood that was shed on Calvary, and with that we still have to deal with the consequences that arise as a result of our sins. But, while there may still be consequences that we experience, there is redemption and complete forgiveness in Christ. He forgets our wrongdoings and wipes them away from us as if they never happened. And I think that’s a principle that we would all do well to apply – especially in today’s contentious and brow-beating society.

I’m not giving any commentary on what may have happened. I’ve made pretty clear where I stand about abuse and mistreatment from any person towards anyone. We all need to have respect and love for one another. Wrong is wrong no matter who does it, but you cannot smear someone’s name and practically execute them in the public eye without there being a negative impact.

It doesn’t do anyone any good to drag any person down and negatively affect their entire life. People are quick to point the finger at others, to look for some one thing that casts another person in a negative light, and to publicly dismantle any form of a normal life that they and their families might have. That’s not the way of Christ. The way of Christ is to go to a person privately who has wronged you or who you may believe has wronged you and to handle the matter that way (Matthew 18:15). The way of Christ is to forgive and to treat people the way that you want to be treated (Matthew 6:14-15).

I think we can all benefit from Christ’s teachings – especially in the matter of the Supreme Court selection process and others like it. From what I’ve gathered, there is no evidence to support either side of the arguments. So, why even push to tear a person apart and destroy his or her life over something that can’t even be proven even if it was true? If it was true the thing to do would be for the person alleging wrongdoing to go to the judge privately and deal with the matter, and to forgive. That’s the way of Christ. But, if all the allegations are not true, and can’t be substantiated, then a man’s career, his life, and his family have been exploited for no reason, except for political aims at preventing him from gaining a seat.

I could write some pretty good fiction from all the nightmares that I’ve had – along with all the thrillers and horror stories that I’ve read and watched on television. And I have considered it and tried my hand at it.

I think that bad experiences and trauma in childhood, coupled with mental illness can have a major impact on a person’s thinking and the way that they view the world. After that one nighttime home-invasion that happened when I was a child, I couldn’t grasp why someone would steal all the medications of a sickly child. In my mind, the burglars had come for me – they were targeting me because they took only my medications, that I needed, and not anyone else’s in the home. And I think that has shaped the way that I think, respond, and live.

I say all that to make the point that the mind can’t always be trusted when it is riddled with issues. I’ve seen it happen on several occasions. So, without any evidence, people can’t sentence someone to misery and abuse and destroy their reputation just because they think that it is deserved. I say, leave that man alone. Let him do the job that he was selected to do. It’s not for the public to try him. It seems to me to be a ploy from the opposing side to prevent the judge from getting into a position of power.

Only God really knows every thing, as all things are laid bare before Him. And none of us receives what we truly deserve for the sins and wrongdoing that we commit against God. We are all deserving of death for our sins (Romans 6:23), but God in His infinite wisdom, grace, and mercy has granted our pardon through the sacrifice of Christ. I think it’s important that we show that same mercy that Christ shows to us and treat all people everywhere with kindness, with love, and with respect.

”Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them – this is the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 7:12

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