The Kavanaugh Hearings
“Then two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him.The one woman said, “Oh, my lord, this woman and I live in the same house, and I gave birth to a child while she was in the house.Then on the third day after I gave birth, this woman also gave birth. And we were alone. There was no one else with us in the house; only we two were in the house.And this woman’s son died in the night, because she lay on him.And she arose at midnight and took my son from beside me, while your servant slept, and laid him at her breast, and laid her dead son at my breast.When I rose in the morning to nurse my child, behold, he was dead. But when I looked at him closely in the morning, behold, he was not the child that I had borne.”But the other woman said, “No, the living child is mine, and the dead child is yours.” The first said, “No, the dead child is yours, and the living child is mine.” Thus they spoke before the king.
Then the king said, “The one says, ‘This is my son that is alive, and your son is dead’; and the other says, ‘No; but your son is dead, and my son is the living one.’”And the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So a sword was brought before the king.And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to the one and half to the other.”Then the woman whose son was alive said to the king, because her heart yearned for her son, “Oh, my lord, give her the living child, and by no means put him to death.” But the other said, “He shall be neither mine nor yours; divide him.”Then the king answered and said, “Give the living child to the first woman, and by no means put him to death; she is his mother.”And all Israel heard of the judgment that the king had rendered, and they stood in awe of the king, because they perceived that the wisdom of God was in him to do justice.”
(1 Kings 3:16–28 ESV)
Yesterday, as the country watched the Supreme Court confirmation hearings I was reminded of this story from Scriptures.
The accuser was calm and credible.
The accused was angrily credible, as one should be if wrongly accused.
As in our story from Scripture, finding truth would require Solomonic wisdom.
That’s pretty much where the similarities in the stories ended as we have no Solomons, but we do have our swords.
We went ahead and cut the baby in half along political party lines.
The “baby” in this case was any last vestige of trust in our institutions and each other.
Once we had split the infant, each side accused the other of all manner of evil while ignoring what had just been struck a potentially mortal blow.
The people of God, those who are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation, could have helped us all seek justice and righteousness in this situation, but we also bore the swords of our clans.
We all lost yesterday.
Come quickly, Lord Jesus, while we still remember your name…