Supreme court hearings: the search for truth

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I spent a few hours watching testimonies from Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. Many will have conclusions that align with what they believed going into today’s hearing.

It was a lot of political grandstanding. The vote is still tomorrow. Half the country will be happy that Kavanaugh made it through. Half the country will be disgusted. And Saturday will be a new day to debate and argue and tear ourselves apart politically.

I don’t know what really did or didn’t happen. It doesn’t bother me to acknowledge that. I wasn’t there. I don’t personally know these people. I think some people make the mistakes of inherently dismissing the allegations. I think others make the mistake of taking the allegations as if they’re absolute facts.

I don’t know. I think we get so committed to wanting to be right that we don’t care about the truth. Truth is inherently good and worth knowing. And the goal of justice should always be to do the absolute best we can to evaluate things based on truth. Because these are real people who have real families and lives.

I do think that one of the great strengths of our criminal justice system is that people are innocent until proven guilty (I realize the hearing was not a criminal trial). I do think there needed to be some proof of the allegations before potentially destroying a man.

In the Bible, God is a God of truth. The world spreads a lot of lies and often finds reasons to put an agenda ahead of truth. We often look for confirmation rather than reality.

Jesus came full of grace and truth (John 1:17). The Word of God is truth (John 17:17). Jesus is called THE truth (John 14:6).

Truth is true regardless of if we want it to be. Truth is true regardless of if it’s hard. Truth is true regardless of if we don’t want it to be. For the sake of our society, truth needs to be a virtue that we never stop pursuing.

For all of us, I think that’s important to keep in mind. Not just in this case, but whenever we have an opinion, think critically, have a disagreement. Our love of truth needs to matter more than a desire to “win.”

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Josh Benner is the associate pastor at Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Fergus Falls, Minnesota and has a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He enjoys writing about faith and culture. He lives with his wife Kari in Minnesota.

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